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Lot # 879 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1922 Cleveland Indians Team Panorama

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $840

This extremely rare and striking panoramic photograph captures thirty-four members of the 1922 Cleveland Indians posing together shoulder-to-shoulder in front of the grandstands at League Park. Included here are Hall of Famers Tris Speaker (player/manager), Stan Coveleski, and Joe Sewell, as well as Bill Wambsganss (he made the only unassisted triple play in World Series history), George Uhle (he won 22 games in 1922), "Smokey Joe" Wood (he was an outfielder, not a pitcher at this point in his career), Stuffy McInnis, Larry Gardiner, Steve O'Neill, Charley Jamieson, Luke Sewell (Joe's brother), and Jim Bagby. Also included are both team trainers, the club secretary, and mascot. Each player is identified in white lettering directly below his respective image. The white-lettered caption along the top border reads "The Cleveland Baseball Club/American League/Season 1923." The photographer's credit, "The National Press Photographic Service," appears in the lower right corner. This is a very rare and substantial early panoramic photograph. These display photos were distributed as keepsakes to players on the team and it is very likely that this example originates directly from one of the players in this photo. This example has outstanding clarity and superb contrast. The photo (28 x 8.5 inches), which has been dry mounted onto a thick cardboard backing, displays a two-inch horizontal tear extending inward from the left border that affects the image of both the trainer and Joe Sewell. A few other light creases and minor edge tears (including one tiny tear along the right border that has been repaired with clear tape) have been ameliorated by the mounting process and remain quite unobtrusive. Excellent in its overall appearance.


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