1928 - 1938

Pastime Portraits

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

The Photographs of Forrest S. Yantis 
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum / 2012

Forrest S. Yantis captured the faces of his favorite ballplayers in a series of intimate, bust-length portraits. An “ardent admirer” of his local team the Cleveland Indians, the affable, young insurance salesman from Troy, Ohio pursued his passion for baseball by wielding his camera. Between 1928 and 1938, Yantis photographed more than 200 players, producing poster-sized prints of his favorite portraits. When he returned to the ballpark, he presented photographs to the players who posed for him and secured their autographs on copies for his own collection.

Covering every available inch of wall space at his insurance company’s offices, these inscribed, larger-than-life images formed Yantis’s personal baseball portrait gallery. The majority of the images he took and chose for his own gallery capture Cleveland players who he watched on the field over many years. Among his familiar Indians players and those from visiting teams were dozens of outstanding stars and future Hall of Famers.

Forrest Yantis photographing an American Association Milwaukee Brewers player
Odell Hale, Cleveland Indians
Gilly Campbell, Cincinnati Reds
Red Ruffing, New York Yankees
Frank Pytlak, Cleveland Indians
Harley Boss, Cleveland Indians
Pete Fox, Detroit Tigers
Billy Cissell, Cleveland Indians
Goose Goslin, Detroit Tigers
Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis Browns
Clint Brown,  Cleveland Indians
Frankie Frisch, St. Louis Cardinals
Boze Berger,  Cleveland Indians
Denny Galehouse, Cleveland Indians
Gus Mancuso, New York Giants
Wally Berger, Boston Braves
Walter Johnson, Cleveland Indians
Bill Terry, New York Giants
Wes Ferrell, Cleveland Indians
Arky Vaughan,  Pittsburgh Pirates
Elden Auker, Detroit Tigers
Milt Galatzer, Cleveland Indians
Paul Dean, St. Louis Cardinals
George Blaeholder, Cleveland Indians
Mickey Cochrane, Detroit Tigers
Roy Weatherly, Cleveland Indians
Ralph Winegarner,  Cleveland Indians
Joe Vosmik, Cleveland Indians
Lefty Gomez, New York Yankees
Roy Hughes, Cleveland Indians
Jo-Jo White, Detroit Tigers
Earl Averill, Cleveland Indians
Lloyd Brown, Cleveland Indians
Jim Bottomley, Cincinnati Reds
Mel Harder, Cleveland Indians
Monte Pearson, Cleveland Indians
Tris Speaker, Philadelphia Athletics
Tommy Bridges, Detroit Tigers
Thornton Lee, Cleveland Indians
Al Simmons, Chicago White Sox
Hal Trosky, Cleveland Indians
Eppa Rixey, Cincinnati Reds
Jimmie Foxx, Philadelphia Athletics
Willie Kamm, Cleveland Indians
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The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum gratefully acknowledges the Whitaker Family, the descendants of Forrest S. Yantis, for their generous donation of Yantis’s photographs to the Hall’s Photo Archive. —

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