Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July.

National Anthem at 1984 All Star Game

National Anthem at 1984 All Star Game

This photo wasn’t taken on the 4th, but rather on the 10th of July, 1984 at the All-Star Game in Candlestick Park, San Francisco. It’s just before Huey Lewis and the News sang the national anthem. It’s got a bit of everything: the National and American League teams along the foul lines, the Olympic baseball team behind first base forming the Olympic rings, the military bands behind third base, and balloons set to rise behind the outfield fence. What I remember most is how the wind affected the huge flag. If you look real close, you can see a couple of small flags planted in the outfield. That’s where the flag was supposed to be cornered, but every time a gust of wind came through, the flag shifted, dragging along the poor Navy personnel charged with holding it in place. The flag was so big, there were actually people underneath it holding onto straps. When the flag would ripple, they would be lifted off the ground and then dropped back down hard.

It’s the best sports photo I’ve ever taken and the only one that was published on a book cover.

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