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Lot # 1140 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1916 Chicago Cubs Team Photo

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $356

Addendum: It has been brought to our attention that this photo actually pictures the Chicago Cubs during spring training in 1916, not the 1915 Chicago Whales of the Federal League. Following the demise of the Federal League after the 1915 season, Whales owner Charles Weeghman purchased controlling interest in the Cubs and merged the two rosters. This picture captures the club prior to the 1916 season. Apparently, the club wore the old Federal League uniforms during spring training, as evidenced by the fact that this very photo was published on page 15 in the May 1, 1916 issue of Baseball Magazine, with all of the players identified in print below. (Here is a link to a pdf version of the magazine: Included in the photo are Joe Tinker, Mordecai Brown, Hippo Vaughn, Heinie Zimmerman, Dutch Zwilling, Vic Saier, and Jimmy Archer.

Original photo capturing twenty-nine members of the 1915 Chicago Whales, champions of the Federal League. Although the photo is undated, the uniform style shown here was only worn by the Whales during the 1915 season. Since the standard reference guides only list twenty-nine rostered players for the Whales in 1915, and twenty-nine players are pictured here, it seems reasonable to assume that every member of the club is present in the photo, including Player/Manager Joe Tinker and Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown. Any and all items relating to the short-lived Federal League (1914-1915), especially team photos, are exceedingly rare. This is the first example of this particular 1915 Whales team photo we have ever seen, which is all the more notable for its exceptional state of preservation. The photo (7.5 x 5.25 inches) displays only a few extremely minor surface wrinkles (only visible when viewed at certain angles) and is otherwise in apparent Excellent to Mint condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 12 x 10 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $356

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