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Washington, D.C. - The Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, autographs a baseball at National Park in Washington, Aug. 20, 2014. The Washington Nationals game against the Arizona Diamondbacks was held in honor of all members of the United States Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo illustration by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released) 
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Washington, D.C. - The Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, autographs a baseball at National Park in Washington, Aug. 20, 2014. The Washington Nationals game against the Arizona Diamondbacks was held in honor of all members of the United States Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo illustration by Sgt. Gabriela Garcia/Released) 

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HYPERART: THOMASSON by Genpei Akasegawa (English translation by Matt Fargo)

In the seventies, Japanese conceptual artist and writer Akasegawa Genpei and his buddies discovered “hyperart,” unintentional art created by the city itself. … Askasegawa wrote about these objects in a regular column in a Japanese photo magazine, and soon readers were submitting photos of Thomassons they had found to be evaluated. The book HYPERART: THOMASSON collected these humorous and profound columns into a manifesto of sorts …and it was a cult hit in 1980’s Japan.
- Kaya Press 

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[Thomassons are] named after former Major Leaguer and Yomiuri Giant Gary Thomasson [who] signed a huge contract with the Giants in the early 1980’s and, despite hitting a decent number of home runs, was seen as a flop who struck out too often.  His strike outs (nearly setting the single season record in his first season) seem to have inspired not only Akasegawa to see useless yet persistent objects as having Thomasson-like traits, but William Gibson (in Virtual Light), as well.  
- A Noboru Aota Fan’s Notes (excerpt, "Thomasson")

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Related: 
HYPERART: THOMASSON on tumblr
Interactive Thomasson website: thomasson.kaya.com 
99% Invisible podcast: "Episode 129: Thomassons"
Video: "What is a Thomasson?"
A Noboru’s Fan’s Notes: "Thomasson"

HYPERART: THOMASSON by Genpei Akasegawa (English translation by Matt Fargo)

In the seventies, Japanese conceptual artist and writer Akasegawa Genpei and his buddies discovered “hyperart,” unintentional art created by the city itself. … Askasegawa wrote about these objects in a regular column in a Japanese photo magazine, and soon readers were submitting photos of Thomassons they had found to be evaluated. The book HYPERART: THOMASSON collected these humorous and profound columns into a manifesto of sorts …and it was a cult hit in 1980’s Japan.

- Kaya Press 

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[Thomassons are] named after former Major Leaguer and Yomiuri Giant Gary Thomasson [who] signed a huge contract with the Giants in the early 1980’s and, despite hitting a decent number of home runs, was seen as a flop who struck out too often.  His strike outs (nearly setting the single season record in his first season) seem to have inspired not only Akasegawa to see useless yet persistent objects as having Thomasson-like traits, but William Gibson (in Virtual Light), as well.  

- A Noboru Aota Fan’s Notes (excerpt, "Thomasson")

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Related: 

HYPERART: THOMASSON on tumblr

Interactive Thomasson website: thomasson.kaya.com 

99% Invisible podcast: "Episode 129: Thomassons"

Video: "What is a Thomasson?"

A Noboru’s Fan’s Notes: "Thomasson"

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1982
Mears

1982

Mears

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Progressive Field
July 2014
Cleveland, Ohio
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Progressive Field

July 2014

Cleveland, Ohio

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Alex Gordon and friends
August 26, 2014
Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri
Photo by Jaime Squire

Alex Gordon and friends

August 26, 2014

Kauffman Stadium

Kansas City, Missouri

Photo by Jaime Squire

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B. Hawk
Afropunk Fest 2014
Brooklyn, New York
Photo by Sam Clark/FADER

B. Hawk

Afropunk Fest 2014

Brooklyn, New York

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Yankee Stadium, ca. 1940s
Bronx, New York
Found photo via RetroGraphique

Yankee Stadium, ca. 1940s

Bronx, New York

Found photo via RetroGraphique

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June 1940
Nampa, Idaho
Photo by Russell Lee
LOC via Yale Photogrammer

June 1940

Nampa, Idaho

Photo by Russell Lee

LOC via Yale Photogrammer

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March 1943
New River, North Carolina
Original caption:
Negro Marines prepare for action. Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps started enlisting Negroes on June 1, 1942. The first class of 1,200 Negro volunteers began their training three months later as members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion at Montford Point, a section of the 200 square mile Marine Base, Camp Lejeune, at New River, North Carolina. Evidence of the lack of racial friction may be seen in the sports program at the camp. On the baseball team Negro enlistees and white non-com officers are teammates. Camp Lejeune has its own baseball league, with the Montford Point team a strong contender for championship honors
Photo by Roger Smith
Library of Congress via Yale

March 1943

New River, North Carolina

Original caption:

Negro Marines prepare for action. Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps started enlisting Negroes on June 1, 1942. The first class of 1,200 Negro volunteers began their training three months later as members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion at Montford Point, a section of the 200 square mile Marine Base, Camp Lejeune, at New River, North Carolina. Evidence of the lack of racial friction may be seen in the sports program at the camp. On the baseball team Negro enlistees and white non-com officers are teammates. Camp Lejeune has its own baseball league, with the Montford Point team a strong contender for championship honors

Photo by Roger Smith

Library of Congress via Yale

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"People say to us, ‘Oh, your players are so well-mannered, so poised and disciplined,’ and [I’m] like ‘What do you expect? Compared to what?’ These kids are baseball players. Some of them are third-generation members of this organization. It’s not, ‘Look at these little black kids playing ball,’ with us. We’re just playing baseball, something we do all of the time. It’s a way of life for us."

- Mike Kelley, district administrator for Little League District 4
Read more: "Chicago’s needed moment of pride" (ESPN Chicago)

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"People say to us, ‘Oh, your players are so well-mannered, so poised and disciplined,’ and [I’m] like ‘What do you expect? Compared to what?’ These kids are baseball players. Some of them are third-generation members of this organization. It’s not, ‘Look at these little black kids playing ball,’ with us. We’re just playing baseball, something we do all of the time. It’s a way of life for us."

- Mike Kelley, district administrator for Little League District 4

Read more: "Chicago’s needed moment of pride" (ESPN Chicago)

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1969
via tgsports

1969

via tgsports

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July 29, 1961
NEA Photo

July 29, 1961

NEA Photo

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1956
Atlanta, Georgia
via coolcanoga

1956

Atlanta, Georgia

via coolcanoga

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