A Baseball Life: Four Decades Inside the Game

A Baseball Life: Four Decades Inside the Game

The Photographs of Ronald C. Modra


Introduction by Bob Costas

Foreword by MLB Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig

Essays by Tim Kurkjian, Peter Gammons, Tom Verducci and Leigh Montville



“Ron’s work is emblematic of the love for the game that resonates throughout so many parts of the world.”

MBL Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig

“From the ease of spring training to the tension of the World Series, from a kid in the stands to Ken Griffey, Jr. somehow climbing the fence to pull one out of the stands, Ron Modra captures it with a keen and appreciative eye.”

Bob Costas, award-winning broadcaster

"This book is a gift to baseball, beautifully wrapped by one of sports' finest photographers."

Rick Reilly, ESPN.com columnist and television contributor/essayist

"I really enjoyed looking at the photos from all the different years. These are some of the best photos I've ever seen. The picture of Nettles, among others, was off the charts!"

Rich “Goose” Gossage, MLB Hall of Famer

“Ron’s photography has captured the very essence of why we love our National Pastime. Great images that tell a story and at the same time preserves the legacy of our game.”

Don Mattingly, 1985 American League MVP

"Ron Modra's photography has always been breathtaking, but this is something different ... something special. Easily the most beautiful baseball compilation of my lifetime, A Baseball Life is a blissful trip through the game's timeline."

Jeff Pearlman, si.com columnist and best-selling author

 “To do anything well you need to love it. Ron has proven that, and more. His love, and knowledge of the game of baseball is evident in this book. His insightful photography captures the spirit, and the joy of the game.

Walter Iooss, longtime Sports Illustrated photographer

 “A wonderful pictorial journey through the last four decades of America’s great game through the magical lens of Ron Modra.”

Paul Molitor, MLB Hall of Famer

“When I saw this book, it brought back so many memories of my playing days-- the guys I played with and against, the stadiums, and all of the excitement that goes on during the season. Thanks to Ron Modra for letting me relive my career.”

George Brett, MLB Hall of Famer