Photographing Blue Rocks History: Brad Glazier

Team photographer Brad Glazier takes a picture of the team at the start of the season. Friday, May 8, 2022. – Staff Photographer/Tyrese Williams.

The crack of the bat, the ball hitting the back of a glove – sounds so reminiscent of Daniel S. Frawley Stadium that they can practically be heard through the images Wilmington Blue Rocks fans see on their screens. Although, without Bradford “Brad” Glazier, you might never have had the opportunity to experience baseball this way.

Brad Glazier has been the team photographer for the Wilmington Blue Rocks since 1991, when Frawley Stadium was built, before the Blue Rocks became a staple of the Wilmington Riverfront.

“Every Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., look where that lamp post is [Interstate] 95?” Glazier said, referring to the view from the Blue Rocks press room window, where the field and I-95 were in plain view. “I had to pull over, get out of my car, and take photos of the stadium under construction every Friday… That was the first thing I had to do for the Blue Rocks – even before the team arrived.”

It was Glazier’s “first real job” in sports photography, although his career now spans events such as the 2005 X Games in Philadelphia and the Boston Marathon. He also photographed athletes outside of the Delaware Blue Coats; then known as the 87ers, the Delaware Smash tennis team and even Lance Armstrong.

The various techniques Glazier employs in photography were developed over his years of work, beginning with a backpacking trip to Europe after Glazier graduated from college.

“I came home and looked at my pictures that I had taken with a little Kodak Instamatic camera and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this sucks,'” Glazier said. “So I went to a local camera store and I asked about cameras and was hooked.”

From then on, Glazier pursued his career in photography and developed his appreciation of photography as an art form, regardless of what he was shooting.

“I used to film tons and tons of weddings, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, Glazier said. “For me, personally, it’s [about] capture those special moments and have fun doing it.

Among the long list of “special moments” Glazier has captured also include the 2020 presidential campaign of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Glazier has been a member of Biden’s campaign photography team since Biden’s first campaign for the Senate in 1972. Since then, Glazier has played a crucial role in capturing moments of the Biden family and staff, as well as in the publication of his photos in several White House publications.

Despite Glazier’s various high-profile photography work and his five Professional Photographers of America awards, he considers the Wilmington Blue Rocks to be the most valuable experience.

“Every day is a good memory,” Glazier said. “I’ve gotten to know a lot of players over the years…I’ve shot, I think, three or four Blue Rock player weddings.”

“The staff, the ushers, the management, the players, the ground crew, they are all great people who I love to befriend and work with,” he said. “Every day is special to see a little child’s face light up when they see their favorite player, receive a ball or an autograph or see Mr. Celery.”

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