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1924 "First Colored World Series" Opening-Game Panorama - Kansas City Monarchs vs. Hilldale Daisies

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

Historically significant panoramic photograph (18 x 10.5 inches) capturing a game-in-progress scene from the first ever Colored World Series, held at Philadelphia's Baker Bowl on October 3, 1924. The best-of-nine series matched the Kansas City Monarchs, champions of the Negro National League, against the Hilldale Daisies, champions of the Eastern Colored League. To maximize attendance, the Series took place in a number of cities: Philadelphia (Games 1 and 2), Baltimore (Games 3 and 4), Kansas City (Games 5, 6 and 7), and Chicago (Games 8, 9, and 10). Ten games were necessary to complete the Series because Game 3 ended in a 6-6 tie. Kansas City eventually emerged as the Champions, winning the tenth and deciding game by a score of 5-0. The printed text in the lower right corner reads "First Colored World Series/Opening Game. Oct. 3 1924. Philadelphia, PA./Batteries for the Kansas City Monarchs, Rogan + Duncan/Hilldale, Cockrell + Santop." The photo, taken from the perspective of the far left-field bleachers, encompasses the entire infield and grandstands, as well as an outlying building. The game is in progress, with Hilldale in the field and Kansas City at bat with a runner at first base. While positive identifications of the players on the field are impossible, one can only assume that Judy Johnson is at third base for Hilldale and Santop is behind the plate.

One of the most interesting aspects of this photo is that the printed caption might be in error. While there is no doubt that this photo pictures a game-in-progress scene from the first Colored World Series in 1924, the identification of the game may be in question. The pitcher on the mound appears to be a lefty, whereas Phil Cockrell was a right-handed pitcher. Lefty Nip Winters was on the mound for Hilldale in Game 2 of the Series, and it may very well be that game that is depicted here. It should also be noted that a large number of white spectators are present at the game, which clearly indicates the interest in black baseball at the time. Regardless of the exact game represented in this photo, this is, to the best of our knowledge, one of only two surviving images taken at the first Colored World Series in 1924. The other is a panoramic photo picturing both teams posing together before the fourth game of the series in Kansas City. Very few early Negro League photos exist, especially game-in-progress examples, and the fact that this documents the first Colored World Series makes it especially significant. This is one of only a few examples of this rare photo we have seen, and the first we have ever offered. It is also one of the finest extant with regard to condition. Aside from a few slight creases (nearly all of which can only be seen when viewed at certain angles) the photo, which offers outstanding clarity, is free of any significant defects, most notably foxing or age discoloration, which are commonly found on the few other known examples. In Excellent condition overall. Framed to total dimensions of 20 x 12.25 inches. Disclosure per section 13 of REA's terms and conditions: This lot has been consigned from the personal collection of an executive or employee of Robert Edward Auctions (or a relative of an executive or employee). Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,666

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