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Why Are There a Bunch of Naked Men Playing Baseball in the Library of Congress?

THE SHOT — A mural, painted in the late 19th century by Frederick C. Martin, that hangs in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress, and shows a nine naked men playing baseball. According to Library staffer Susan Reyburn, the mural has been there since the building opened in 1897, and is “one of about five images depicting ancient games, showing the Olympic ideal.” Except, as Asylum notes, “they didn’t play baseball in ancient Greece. Nor did they play American football, another anachronistic ceiling mural found in the Great Hall.”

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9 Comments

  • Steve

    I think baseball would be a whole lot more fun if the players were naked.

  • greybat

    And no tan-lines! Elegant.

  • Brian NJ

    Nice painting. Historians are notorious for attributing homosexuality to other circumstances.

  • terrwill

    What would John Ashcroft say about this??????

  • terrwill

    And I didn’t realize that bats were so much smaller back then……….. : P

  • Rev. Steve

    Wasn’t that the design on the dishes in The Bird Cage?

  • hephaestion

    The Supreme Court has the most homo-erotic murals and sculptures I’ve ever seen.

  • edgyguy1426

    Making a hard liner to the nuts kinda hard to bear

  • hyhybt

    @Steve: Ouch!

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