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Carr's camera has shot many memories over the years

Carr's camera has shot many memories over the years
Ken Carr (Photo: Tim Phillis/TCP Photography)
August 30, 2014
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You probably wouldn’t know him if you saw him. But if you are a Cleveland Indians fan, you have probably bumped into Ken Carr at one time or another.

Be it spring training, at Progressive Field, or at one of the minor league ballparks, the man with the faded safari hat, glasses, and cameras has been shooting pictures for close to 25 years. You name the player, if he has played in the Indians organization the past quarter century, he has seen him and shot pictures of him.

However, Carr did not start out as a professional photographer.

In fact, Carr jumped right into the workforce after he graduated from Akron East High School in 1952, becoming an apprentice machinist at Goodyear. He dabbled through two years of college at the University of Akron and Kent State University, but remained with Goodyear for 44 years where he eventually moved into a supervisor role, traveling the country to assist with machine installations.

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User Comments

September 1, 2014 - 9:41 AM EDT
What a great article about a genuinely nice guy. I started going to Indians spring training in 1993 and, as an amateur photographer (coincidentally, with a Minolta & 300 zoom lens), I noticed Ken wandering about between fields lugging his big lens. I finally struck up a conversation with him and he couldn't have been nicer, and would remember me form spring to spring. Eventually we started keeping touch via email outside of spring training. He has given me lots of tips of photography and always asks how me & my brother are doing. Spring training this year didn't seem the same without 'The Mayor of Akron' or Shirley, but I sure hope they make it in 2015. Most deserving accolades to 'behind-the-scenes' gentleman of the Tribe.
Becky Reigle
August 31, 2014 - 5:00 PM EDT
What a great article about a great man! I don't know Ken & Shirley Carr from his association with the Cleveland Indians , but as members of my husband's church in the 1980's. 30+ years later- they are still very good friends. The Ken described in this article is the same Ken we know and love. His life has modeled Christ's love for others and Ken showed that with all the ball players that he met and loved. Thank you for paying tribute to man who is a role model for all of us!
August 31, 2014 - 8:51 AM EDT
I had the great pleasure of meeting Ken for the first time about 18 yrs. ago back in spring training in Winter Haven and have considered him a good friend ever since. There isn`t a better man, fan of the Indians, their minor leaguer`s or baseball in general than Ken. It just isn`t spring training until the unofficial "Mayor of Akron" and king of the minor leagues photographers shows up with that floppy hat, camera at the ready with his very sweet and lovely bride Shirley by his side. I, for one, look forward to seeing him every year! Great story about an outstanding man!
August 31, 2014 - 1:56 AM EDT
I agree Tim. There are few people in the game that I have met better than Ken. Just a great, genuine person.
August 30, 2014 - 5:03 PM EDT
Having had the chance to meet and work with Kenny Carr I can honestly say this story is dead on. Kenny took me under my wing in Lake County and made me feel right at home before relinquishing the photos duties and handing them over to me. KEN CARR = CLASS ACT!

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