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Lot # 1162 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1914 Federal League Opening-Day Photo at Brooklyn by Paul Thompson

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $237

Original photo, taken by noted baseball photographer Paul Thompson, capturing the pregame ceremonies at the first game in Brooklyn Federal League history, held at Washington Park, Brooklyn, on April 14, 1915. The photo captures the members of the Brooklyn Tip Tops as they carry an enormous American Flag around the field, with their opponents that day, the Pittsburgh Rebels, marching in unison behind them. A Paul Thompson credit stamp appears on the reverse, as does a vintage pencil notation reading "Brooklyn Feds marching around field with stars and stripes Pitts Feds in rear." The Federal League was only in existence as a major league for the short two-year span 1914-1915, making any and all items relating to the "outlaw" league, as it was known, rare. The fact that this photo dates from the very first game in franchise history for both clubs naturally adds to its historical significance. Brooklyn had an auspicious debut in the new league, defeating Pittsburgh 1-0 on opening day. The photo (7 x 5 inches) displays a few tiny surface wrinkles (most of which can only be seen when viewed at certain angles) and is in Excellent condition overall. Ex-Richard Merkin Collection. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $237

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