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Lot # 1067 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1896 Baltimore Orioles Imperial Team-Cabinet Display Photo

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,666

Extremely rare and extraordinary Imperial team-cabinet photo of the 1896 World Champion Baltimore Orioles posing together in formal attire at an outdoor event. Sixteen members of the Orioles are pictured, all seated in the front row, including Hall of Famers Ned Hanlon (Mgr.), Willie Keeler, Hughie Jennings, Joe Kelly, and Wilbert Robinson (John McGraw was injured for most of the season, appearing in just twenty-three games, hence his absence). The fourteen gentlemen standing in the second row are unknown. The only clue as to their identities is provided by the vintage handwritten notation at the base of the mount that read "Base Ball Invasion of Westminster, Maryland/Sunday, 21 June, 1896." In the center of the mount an affixed paper label reads "The Maples/Willis and Centre Streets." The photographer's name, "Baldwin," appears directly on the photo. Research shows that the Orioles played in Philadelphia on Saturday, June 20, 1896, but were off the next day. They resumed the series against Philadelphia on Monday, June 22nd. Although we will probably never know what enticed the club to travel to Westerville, Maryland, on June 21st, it appears that they were certainly enjoying themselves. This photo, which originates from the family of pitcher Erasmus Arlington Pond (seated, fourth from the right; behind Joe Kelly), is only the second example we have ever seen. The fact that the other photo originated from the family of Bill Hoffer (who is also pictured here) strongly suggests that this very expensively produced Imperial display photograph was a special presentation piece issued to each team member to commemorate the visit. Although Arlie Pond posted a respectable 16-8 record in 1896, he is better known today for his work as a physician. As an army doctor in the Philippines, he helped deal with outbreaks of both cholera and leprosy. Pond eventually founded his own hospital on the island of Cebu and helped vaccinate the entire population against leprosy. The photo is accompanied by a copy of a letter of provenance from an author who received the photo directly from Pond's nephew in the late 1990s. The crystal-clear photo (13.25 x 9.5 inches) is in apparent Near Mint condition. The mount (approximately 16.5 x 13.5 inches; based upon the dimensions of the other known example) displays moderate staining along the visible base and is in apparent Very Good condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 22.5 x 18.5 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $2,666

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