Brad Mangin, who has been photographing baseball for Sports Illustrated and Major League Baseball for over 20 years, has captured the 2012 MLB season from Spring Training beginning in February all the way through the World Series in October - all through the lens of Instagram on his iPhone.
Instagram is a hugely popular app for iPhone and Android smart phones that recently sold to Facebook for one billion dollars. It has over 6.8 million followers, and all them have been alerted about what Brad is doing. Brad currently has 3,300 followers on Instagram, all tuning in to see Mangin's "Instant Baseball" photography as he sets out to revolutionize the world of sports photography.
Whether it's Major League All Stars like Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Jason Heyward, Joe Mauer, Josh Hamilton, Hanley Ramirez, and Tim Lincecum in the dugout, or the incredible scenery of baseball's finest ballparks like Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, and AT&T Park, or the art of baseball seen by many but recognized as photo-worthy by few like hot dogs on a grill, the freshly rubbed-in baseball, helmets in their cubbies, bullpen phones and baseball bats - Mangin utilizes the incredibly beloved yet accessible photo technology of Instagram to document all of these subjects in INSTANT BASEBALL.
With an introduction by the popular Bay Area sports radio host Brian Murphy of KNBR's MURPH AND MAC show, INSTANT BASEBALL is destined to become a classic in the world of sports photography books and a perfect keepsake for every baseball fan.
About the Author
Mr. Fugate personally accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and was baptized into the Body of Christ at Reinhardt Bible Church in Garland, Texas, in 1968. He and his wife, Virginia, have attended a Bible-teaching church in each city God has sent them to minister: Dallas, Austin, Phoenix, and Sacramento over the past 40 years. Most of their pastors have been graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary. After committing himself in 1971 to serve God anywhere, or in any manner he might be called, Mr. Fugate learned Greek and studied many thousands of hours in the original languages of the Old and New Testament texts. He did not rely on existing systematic Theologies or Bible commentaries; convinced that he needed to perform his own exegesis and word studies to verify or develop doctrines that are substantiated by Scripture alone. He founded the Foundation for Biblical Research (FBR) in 1979 "to determine the one true meaning of Scripture based on honest research and a scientifically sound system of hermeneutics." Each of Mr. and Mrs. Fugate's books, such as this book, are written based on that research. Soon after his commitment to God, Mr. Fugate was called as Business Manager and later became Vice President of Finance for Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.). In 1975, Mr. and Mrs. Fugate were led to start a pilot Christian school in Garland, Texas, based on their experience of having home schooled their own three children for two previous years. In March of 1982 he was hired as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of A.O.P. where he served for the next 13 years. Mr. Fugate was also a Keynote Speaker at 40+ State homeschool conventions in the 1990's and has written three books on home schooling. When A.O.P. was bought out in 1995, the Fugate's went on the road speaking on Biblical marriage, child training, and home schooling while writing second editions of their popular books. Mr. Fugate then served as Business Manager of Family Ministries from 2000 through 2004 until his "retirement" as full-time Director of The Foundation for Biblical Research in Arizona. He continues to research, teach and write on Bible-Based Theology. He has also served as an Elder of, IN THE WORD BIBLE FELLOWSHIP, in Mesa, AZ. The Theological and Philosophical Positions of the Foundation for Biblical Research can be seen at its website, www.FoundationforBiblicalResearch.org.