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Lot # 1353 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

John McGraw and Jake Stahl 1912 World Series News Photo

Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $240

Vintage news photo capturing New York Giants manager John McGraw shaking hands with Boston Red Sox manager Jake Stahl prior to the first game of the 1912 World Series at the Polo Grounds. The photo exhibits exceptional clarity, so much so that one can clearly make out the "Western Union" heading on the telegram Stahl is holding in his other hand. The reverse features an American Press Association stamp and caption that reads "Special World's Service/The two managers McGraw and Stahl clasping hands before the initial game for premier honors in the baseball world, was played." An additional stamp, reading "Press/Reference Department" indicates that this photo was "Filed Oct 11, 1912." A few additional handwritten notations, some of which have been crossed out, also appear on the reverse. Boston defeated the Giants in eight games (one game ended in a tie) in what is regarded by many as one of the most exciting and eventful World Series ever played. Except for a one-sided 11-4 victory by the Giants in Game 7, all of the games were closely contested, with four of the games decided by one run. The final game was decided in ten innings, when the Red Sox rallied for two runs in the bottom of the frame against Christy Mathewson to take home the championship. The photo (8 x 10 inches) displays a few small border tears, a tiny corner chip in the lower right, a few light surface wrinkles, and very modest editorial outlining. In Very Good condition overall.

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