TIME Baseball

Happy 75th, Baseball Hall of Fame: A Celebration in Pictures

Of all the major professional sports, baseball is the one that most readily and ably lends itself to photography. Maybe it’s the leisurely — killjoys might call it glacial — pace of the game, punctuated by moments of intense drama, that allows photographers the time and space to chronicle the action. Or perhaps the cozy relationship between the national pastime and picture-taking is the natural result of the two endeavors coming of age at virtually the same time, in the mid-19th century. But whatever the reason, classic baseball pictures possess an evocative power that images of, say, football or basketball or even the beautiful game of soccer often lack.

On the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., and on the occasion of the Hall partnering with the Google Cultural Institute for an online version of the exhibition, Picturing America’s Pastime, TIME celebrates the game in photos.

Here are major league legends (Mickey Cochrane, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson), passionate amateurs, die-hard fans and long-vanished ballparks. Here, in a nutshell, is a fond glimpse of a sport that — in the words of the great photographer, Charles M. Conlon — “seems to breathe the restless spirit of American life.” Let’s play two!

TIME Japan

Check Out These Awesome Gadgets From the Tokyo Toy Show

Here are some of our favorites, ranging from the world's smallest multicopter to a bilingual robotic dog

The annual International Tokyo Toy Show opened Thursday, showcasing over 35,000 toys during the four-day exhibition. Check out some of the coolest toys on display.

TIME George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush Turns 90

The 41st president of the United States celebrates his ninth decade of life on Wednesday. George Herbert Walker Bush served as commander-in-chief from 1989-1993, a one-term president sandwiched between two-termers — Ronald Reagan, under whom he served as vice president during most of the 1980s, and Bill Clinton, who beat the New England native handily in 1992 but later became, by many accounts, a fast friend.

“Bush Senior,” whose son, George W. Bush or “Dubya,” became the 43rd president just eight years after that hard-fought 1992 election, was born in Massachusetts in 1924, but later moved to Texas to make a fortune in oil. Entering young adulthood during the thick of World War II, he flew 58 combat missions for the United States Navy. He has been married to his wife, Barbara, since 1945, was famously lampooned on Saturday Night Live by comedian Dana Carvey.

TIME World Cup

The Brazilian Stadiums Where The World Cup Will Be Decided

These are the 11 soccer stadiums, both old and newly constructed, where 32 teams will battle it out for the chance to win the FIFA World Cup trophy

TIME Israel

Now You Can Go to Burning Man After Birthright

The arts and music festival came to Israel for the first time last week, with 3,000 revelers descending on the Negev desert

TIME Theater

See the Stars of Stage at the 2014 Tony Awards

Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris and other stars of both stage and screen walked the red carpet ahead of the 2014 Tony Awards on Sunday evening in New York.

TIME space

Watch ‘The Beast’ Asteroid Fly Past Earth On This Livestream Today

A 1,000 foot-wide asteroid nicknamed “the Beast,” will travel peacefully past earth Thursday, sailing just three lunar distances from our planet’s surface. The celestial observation network Slooh will live webcast the Beast’s journey beginning at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

These rocky celestial objects are fairly common, but the Beast (formally known as HQ124) is notable for its proximity and its immense size.

“HQ124 is at least 10 times bigger, and possibly 20 times, than the asteroid that injured a thousand people last year in Chelyabinsk, Siberia,” Bob Berman, an astronomer with Slooh, told National Geographic.

TIME royals

Photos: Meet Princess Letizia, the Next Queen of Spain

Spain's Princess Letizia Ortiz may be a commoner, but her style is anything but ordinary. The former TV journalist will be become Queen of Spain after her husband Prince Felipe takes the throne.

TIME Civil Rights

Native American Life, 90 Years After ‘Official Citizenship’

Monday marked the 90th anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act, or the Snyder Act, which granted U.S. citizenship to Native Americans born in the United States. The bill was enacted partially in light of the thousands of Native Americans who had served in the U.S. Army in WWI, but also because of a growing awareness by the federal government in 1924 of the tens of thousands living in abject poverty. However, nine decades on, life has yet to improve for many Native Americans, with high rates of unemployment and suicide among the nation's 566 tribes

TIME India

Photos: Indian Village Shocked By Brutal Rape and Murder Case

These disturbing photos show scenes in India following the rape and killing of two teenage girls. The girls—aged 14 and 15, according to the Associated Press—were raped and killed by attackers who hung their bodies from a tree in the country's Uttar Pradesh state. Villagers found their bodies early Wednesday, hours after they disappeared from fields near their home in Katra village, local police said

The specter of sexual violence continues to haunt India. A year and a half after the gang rape and murder of a student aboard a New Delhi bus sparked nationwide street protests, once again the nation is confronting a similar act of evil.

Last Wednesday, two sisters were found hanging from a mango tree after they had been gang-raped and strangled in a field near their home in rural Uttar Pradesh. The girls, apparently aged 14 and 15, had been looking for somewhere to relieve themselves as there was no toilet at home — a predicament they shared with nearly half of India’s 1.2 billion population.

Hundreds of angry villagers stayed next to the tree throughout the evening, silently protesting the lackluster police response. Officials, who allegedly shrugged off initial reports of the teenagers’ disappearance, have now detained five people in connection with the attack, including two policemen.

Nevertheless, protests continued outside the office of the state’s chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, on Monday, only to be dispersed with water cannons. Demonstrators claim that the girls were targeted as they were dalits — or “untouchables,” India’s lowest caste — and that their status also lay behind the muted police response.

Whether caste was a contributing factor has yet to be determined. What is undeniable, however, is that India is in the throes of a seeming rape epidemic, with almost daily reported occurrences of assaults against women, girls and even babies. In the countryside, village elders have been known to mete out rape as punishment for females they deem to be going against their traditions.

Amid the most recent uproar in Uttar Pradesh, a 22-year-old was found gang-raped and murdered in the Baheri area. She had been forced to drink acid before being strangled, a post-mortem revealed. And on Saturday, a youth allegedly attempted to rape a female priest inside one of the state’s temples.

New Indian Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi was taciturn about sexual violence during his recent triumphant election campaign. That certainly cannot remain the case much longer.—Charlie Campbell

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