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Photographs reveal more of the man, Stirling Dickinson

By Michael Olwyler

So many of us remember Stirling Dickinson and have stories about his influence in the history of San Miguel de Allende during his lifetime. The photographs of Peter Olwyler remind us of this.

Peter took these photos of Stirling and the San Miguel baseball team he encouraged, developed, and coached circa 1957. As Peter’s entire collection of thousands of images is archived, they reveal more and more of the Mexican people, the arts and crafts, the city of San Miguel and its expatriate community. These images are from scanned negatives in Peter’s most often used format, 2 1/4” x 2 1/4”.

In the photographs, Stirling is shown at his typewriter as director of the Instituto Allende; the San Miguel de Allende’s baseball team practicing in the soccer field bounded today by Orizaba, Santa Cruz and Ancha de San Antonio; and possibly discussing baseball strategy with the team’s players. But, who are these men of the baseball team with whom Stirling is conversing?

If you have any information about the names of the men in the picture of the team and how to contact them, please send the information to:

Michael Olwyler at, or to P.O. Box 621, North Fork, California 93643, USA. Michael continues to archive Peter’s thousands of images, from the time he got his first Kodak Brownie camera as a teenager, his years in WWII, his Mexico period, his music period, and into his later life.

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