the boys of summer

Homer by NY Yankees great Mickey Mantle – photo by Ralph Morse

Toronto. Don Henley was a singer and percussionist for The Eagles before that dysfunctional group imploded. Most of the group went on to play solo – some with their own bands. Henley made a CD called “Building the Perfect Beast”. The lead song was called “The Boys of Summer“, a tag earlier applied to baseball players.

Micky Mantle was one of the great players of his time and he was captured at each base during a home run he hit for his team, the New York Yankees, at Cleveland’s stadium. A serious drinker and womanizer, Mantle paraphrased near the end of his life, “If I’d known I was gonna live this long, I’d have taken a lot better care of myself”.

The homer multiple exposure photo was taken by Ralph Morse for LIFE magazine and appeared in its June 25, 1956 issue on pages 106,7.

It was unusual in that intentional multiple exposures on a single negative with such accuracy were unheard of in that era. So called double exposures in camera were considered a rookie mistake. In the darkroom more than one negative could be and often was used to make a print.

My thanks to George Dunbar for sharing this remarkable photograph with me.

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