Early Works

Willie Mays at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Age 9


"They throw the ball, I hit it.
They hit the ball, I catch it."
- Willie Mays

It was 1960, and the San Francisco Giants were playing their first season at Candlestick Park. I remember getting to the park early to watch batting practice and run around some before the ushers made me sit in my assigned seat for the game. The players entered and exited the field through a door along the right field line.

After borrowing my dad's camera (a Bell & Howell Electric Eye 127), I waited like a young paparazzi in what I thought would be the best place to get a shot of the Giant's center fielder. I remember that I preferred taking pictures to getting autographs.

And yes, that is a finger smudge on the lens.