Many know Alan Lincourt as the baseball photographer in
Cooperstown, NY, the home to
the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame.
He has been photographing visitors to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for
over 25 years, first, through his Major League Baseball Properties retail
portrait studio, Pro Image Photo, and more recently, as a photographer at
Doubleday Field and Cooperstown area tournament camps. Lincourt has taken more
than a million baseball game action photos so far and is working on his second
From his years of
interaction with baseball fans and players, Lincourt developed a product which
conveys the essence of the game. “I saw what the visitors to Cooperstown had to
choose from regarding baseball keepsakes, “ he relates, “and most of them were
just trinkets. Out of respect for the game I wanted to create a baseball product
of value that captured the elegance of the sport.”
Expressing his love of the
game of baseball, Lincourt decided to create his baseball clocks that
capture the essence of the sport by combining the tip of a real bat supporting a
regulation baseball with a beautiful timepiece inset into the authentic baseball.
It took Lincourt over two years to
develop his products after considering all kinds of materials from brass to
glass. He knew he wanted to make a clock using a baseball from the beginning but
how to display the baseball was the difficult part. When he finally decided to
use the baseball bat and started cutting it up, the designs just fell together.
It was important to Lincourt that the baseball would rest securely on the base
but allow the owner to pickup the ball. “This way they could pick up the
baseball and rub it like a pitcher in the bottom of the ninth situation or take
it to the ballpark or card show to be autographed,” Lincourt says.
His designs were so unique he
received three government patents for his products. After completion of his
first executive clock, the
Cooperstown Original Timepiece,
it was displayed in a local art museum. Lincourt now manufactures the
“Cooperstown Timepiece” baseball clocks in limited quantities and he carefully
assembles and packages the clocks himself. When a customer purchased one of his
“Original” baseball clocks as a gift for Yankee’s owner George Steinbrenner, he
liked it so much that within a short time Mr. Steinbrenner ordered 50 clocks to
give out as gifts.
Just this past Christmas season
Cincinnati Reds COO, Phillip Castellini, requested 6 of the Cooperstown “Original”
timepieces. After receiving his order, Mr. Castellini immediately ordered an
additional 39 timepieces for gifts.
greats instantly recognized the way that this unique sculpture captures the
spirit of baseball.
further relates, “I received a call from a customer who resides in Washington,
D.C. who just wanted to comment on how much he loves the way the clock’s bat end
base looks like it is coming up out of his marble desk. He has a marble desk!”
Lincourt’s customers who have
received or given his clock as gifts are very enthusiastic about baseball and
just love his product. He likes to think that he has hit a triple, “something
rare and exciting in baseball,” he says.
Lincourt’s baseball clocks have
been purchased mostly for gifts by executives and corporations for key employees
and customers. Now with the availability of laser engraving and decaling, the
clocks can be personalized which make them perfect for everyone including for
corporate gifts and the specialty advertising market.
Alan Lincourt is a native of Cooperstown, NY,
the “home of baseball” and a business owner there for 25 years. Lincourt owned
Pro Image Photo which was the only baseball portrait studio in the U.S. that was
approved and licensed by Major League Baseball Properties. “There we created not
only a special photographic keepsake but also a fun and memorable family
experience of their visit to Cooperstown,” Lincourt brags. Lincourt sold that
portrait business ten years ago but still encounters past customers all summer
long. While working that business Lincourt, in 1994, created one of the first
all digital photo studios in the industry. Lincourt’s early acceptance of
digital photography allowed him to be one of the first sports action photography
specialist in the Northeast. Lincourt has taken more than a million baseball
game action photos.
Lincourt’s love of photography has
taken him above, on and below ground capturing award winning photos. He is an
accomplished photographer in many other sports including soccer, hockey,
football, field hockey, lacrosse, automobile ice racing, kayaking, and others.
Lincourt has a shooting philosophy that embraces “shoot first, ask question
later” and is dissimilar to most photographers he knows in the business.
Lincourt’s creative thinking got
him pondering the baseball product market which resulted in his patented
baseball clock designs. Lincourt’s hands on approach carried over from his
photography career, is involved in all aspects of manufacturing of his baseball
clocks including final assembly and packaging.
To learn more about Alan Lincourt,
see the contact information below. During 2010 Alan plans to separate his
baseball clock and photography into two separate web sites in order to make
surfing his sites more user friendly. Until then, you can view his photography
and his products at the Cooperstown Time Company web site.