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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.”

On:           Feb 9, 2010
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    • Steve

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

      Feb 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greybat

      And no tan-lines! Elegant.

      Feb 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian NJ

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

      Feb 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

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

      Feb 9, 2010 at 7:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • terrwill

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

      Feb 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rev. Steve

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

      Feb 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion

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

      Feb 10, 2010 at 9:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • edgyguy1426

      Making a hard liner to the nuts kinda hard to bear

      Feb 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hyhybt

      @Steve: Ouch!

      Feb 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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