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Bobby Walston upended

Bobby Walston upended

Jan. 15, 1961: In this six-photo sequence, Norm Van Brocklin passes to Eagle teammate Bobby Walston, 84, who outjumps the Colts’ Andy Nelson, 43, to make the catch. For his efforts, Walston is upended after a 17-yard gain in the 11th annual Pro-Bowl game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The West beat the East 35-31 in front of 63,000 fans.

This sequence by Los Angeles Times staff photographer Larry Sharkey, was published across the top of the next morning’s Sports section front. In the 1962 National Press Photographers Assn. Pictures of the Year competition, this sequence won third place in the sports picture story category.

Action sequences were very popular with Times readers in the 1950s and ’60s. At every major sporting event, at least one photographer would be shooting with a sequence camera, locked down on a tripod, from an overhead position, usually the press box.

One ’50s-era sequence camera used by Times photographers was this 70 mm Hulcher. It’s a motorized, high-speed camera capable of taking a minimum of 20 frames per second using 70 mm film. The camera weighs 20 pounds and has an external battery pack. Stops on the lens allowed the photographer to focus quickly on pre-determined spots — especially useful in baseball. Typical preset spots would be home plate, the pitcher’s mound and second base.

Above: A 70 mm Hulcher sequence camera owned by the Times. Credit: Robert Lachman/Los Angeles Times


  1. October 3, 2011, 7:48 am

    How could ONE photographer shoot the quarterback AND the receiver on the SAME PLAY?

    By: Matthew Brady
  2. October 5, 2011, 9:36 am

    Skills son!

    By: Ansel Adams

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