If you asked us what’s so amazing about this picture of an 1886 baseball team, we’d simply point out the obvious: This was taken at a classier time when men wore top hats to the stadium and 18 out of 24 baseball players had objectively awesome mustaches. However, look closely at the man in the upper left corner — more specifically, at what he’s telling you to do with his hand:
This is Charles “Old Hoss” Radbourn. He was a major league basball player in the 1880’s and the only major league pitcher in history to win 60 games in one season. Radbourn was also the first person ever recorded flicking off the camera. Although the quality of the photos arent that great I thought that this was a pretty funny documented occurance on the photography timeline and I hope it will amuse the class as well. Radbourn also had a baseball card where he caried out his trademark “flicking off” the camera.