The Utley Foundation

Last night, a few of us had the priveledge to attend the Fourth Annual Utley All Star Animals casino night hosted by Chase and Jennifer Utley through the Utley Foundation.  Mitchell & Ness was a proud sponsor of the event, which benefits the Pennsylvania SPCA.  Read more about their amazing work here.

In addition to blackjack, poker and craps, silent and live auctions were being held to raise money.  Any believe me, the big spenders were coming out!

Check out one of the silent auction items below...a  Mitchell & Ness Pinch Hitter Track Jacket autographed by the best pitching rotation in baseball:  Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Joe Blanton.

The auction listed this item as priceless, but the winning bidder ended up dropping $1,700! 

        

 

All in all, it was a great night to benefit a great cause and we were thrilled to be part of it. 

Check this out for more photos of the all-star guests.

April 29, 2011 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Baseball Photos

Obviously, sports are an obsession around here; we love all aspects of every game.  Photography is a huge part of sports that tends to be overlooked these days with the latest video highlights and YouTube clips constanly at our fingertips. 

After thinking through this a little, we decided to dig into some of our archives to search for great shots that were taken in an age long before DSLRs and autofocus lenses existed.  One thing we noticed, was how frequently sequence shots were used.  In many cases throughout these magazines from the 1950s and 1960s plays were shown in a story-board format with a series of photos.  Check some out below.

 

From Complete Sports Baseball Power, 1961.  Mickey Mantle stolen base sequence.

 

From Complete Sports Baseball Power, 1961.  Roger Maris over-the-fence catch.

 

From Complete Sports Baseball Power, 1961.  Mickey Mantle chasing down and catching fly ball.

 

From Sports Review's Baseball, 1953.  Brooklyn Dodger Joe Black pitching during Game 1 of the 1952 World Series.

 

We also found this article by LIFE showcasing what they voted as the best baseball pcitures.  Check it out.

April 7, 2011 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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OF Fantasy Draft

Last, but certainly not least, the Mitchell & Ness fantasy baseball team needs an outfield. Who are your top 3 outfielders in MLB history? Remember your selections must have retired before 2000.

 

Hank Aaron

Mickey Mantle

Ted Williams

Frank Robinson

Roberto Clemente

Willie Mays

Joe DiMaggio

Richie Ashburn

Stan Musial

Reggie Jackson

March 31, 2011 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Who's Your All Time Third Base Pick?

With April 1st quickly approaching, we have to fill the final positions for the Mitchell & Ness All Time Fantasy Baseball Team:  third base and outfielders.

  Today, let's finish off the infield and look at third base.  Below are some of the names being thrown around the office in debate...let us know who you're picking and why.

 

 

 

 

March 30, 2011 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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All-Time MLB Team

The Mitchell & Ness fantasy baseball team is starting to take shape. Our next position up for debate is 2nd base. Who is the all-time best 2nd baseman? Remember that your pick can not be a current player (so no Chase Utley or Robinson Cano) and he must have retired before 2000 (sorry Craig Biggio).

 

Jackie Robinson

Joe Morgan 

Rogers Hornsby

Ryne Sandberg

Nellie Fox

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