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Santa Fe--Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to announce "For Love Of The Game" an extensive survey of more than 50 classic photographs portraying iconic events and personalities from world of sports as captured by renowned photographers. The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, November 23, from 5 to 7 PM. "For Love Of The Game" will continue through January 27, 2008.

Brooklyn Dodger fans celebrating 1955 World Series victory, Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn

Exhibition of more than 50 compelling photographs documents the "golden era" of sports and takes a nostalgic look back to the heroes of the time.

Beginning in the 1920's, sports began to take hold on the imagination of Americans. The introduction of radio made it easier for fans to keep up with their favorite teams and newspapers and magazines increased coverage of sports. Legends were born and heroes were made, and Baseball was deemed "the national pastime". Babe Ruth was a hero to untold numbers of people who never saw the inside of Yankee Stadium, and never actually saw "the Babe". Mental images formed from radio broadcasts, and still photographs in newspapers and magazines became the defining impression of events and personalities of the time. On the pages of newspapers and magazines, through the images captured by renowned photojournalists, the eyes of a nation were opened as never before to the magic and magnetism of sport.

Sport has become big business. Today the payroll of an average pro team is millions of dollars a season, and numerous scandals have tainted the prestige of many athletes and in some cases an entire Sport. The virtuousness, heroism, and prominence of a champion athlete has become a memory from a different era.

"For Love Of The Game" takes a look back to the more innocent time of sports, and covers a wide-range of sports, games, and activities, including: baseball, stickball, football, golf, sailing, track and field, hockey, and car racing. Memorable photographs of numerous heroes and icons from the world of sports are featured, all from an age when there truly was a "love for the game".

1963 World Series Final Game - Sandy Koufax (jumping/celebrating), Maury Wills, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA

Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle, Clete Boyer, 1960 World Series, Yankee Stadium

President John F. Kennedy

Mickey Mantle Having A Bad Day At Yankee Stadium, New York, 1965

Brooklyn Dodger Rookies Train At Vero Beach, Florida, 1948

Playing Ball Outside Entrances To Hudson River, New York, 1949

The Babe Blows Out, Yankee Stadium, June 13, 1948

Y. A. Tittle, New York Giants, Yankee Stadium, December 12, 1964

Vince Lombardi being carried off the field, Green Bay, WI, 12/31/61 - NFL Championship Game, Packers Defeat Giants

John F. Kennedy at Army Navy Game

Ben Hogan, 1950 U.S. Open, Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pennsylvania

Arnold Palmer, U.S. Open, San Francisco, June 19, 1966

Cross country skier at the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley, California, 1960

"Weatherly" crew dangles over rail during America's Cup trials, Newport, Rhode Island, 1958

University of Pittsburgh students watch the 1960 World Series from the Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1960

The "Vanitie" in a practice spin, Newport, RI, 1934

Young Hockey Players Having Fun, Englewood, New Jersey,1961

Little League spokesman voices players' demand for pants, Manchester, NH, 1954

Playing tug-of-war during snowstorm at Timberline Lodge Ski Club party,1942

Jackie Robinson rounding Third base during World series against the Yankees, 1955

Baseball player Joe DiMaggio kneeling in his New York Yankee uniform, Philadelphia, PA, 1947

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