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1912 Chicago White Sox Team Panorama with Buck Weaver and Ed Walsh - Fenway Park Backdrop!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,925
This crystal-clear panoramic team photo captures twenty-three members of the 1912 Chicago White Sox (including bat boy and trainer) as they pose together standing side by side at Boston's newly opened Fenway Park. Included in the photo are player/manager Nixey Callahan, coach Kid Gleason, star pitcher "Big" Ed Walsh (who won twenty-seven games that year while leading the league in most pitching categories), and the club's promising young rookie shortstop Buck Weaver, whose destiny would take a most unfortunate turn in 1919. All of the team members are identified by name in white lettering below their respective images. The caption, "White Sox - American League - Fenway Park, Boston May 20-1912," appears along the base of the photo. The name of the photographer, "Glines," appears in the lower left corner. The beauty of this photo lies not only in its exceptional clarity but in the striking background. The players are lined up in foul territory down the left-field line with the scoreboard and period advertising signs clearly visible along the stadium walls. Players' duffel bags can be seen strewn on the ground behind them along with the field tarp, which is visible in the left corner. Fenway Park had just opened that year (on April 20th) and the new ballpark is the perfect backdrop to this beautiful image. The photo was obviously taken prior to the game, just as the White Sox took the field to warm up, and one can almost hear the photographer as he calls out "all right, fellows, that's it; just line up together over here...'" One interesting side note regarding this photo, which will appeal to true baseball historians, lies in an examination of the scoreboard. Among the games listed on the scoreboard that day is Detroit at Philadelphia. On this date the Detroit players were still on strike for what they felt was an unfair suspension of Ty Cobb for beating a fan in New York. American League president Ban Johnson actually traveled to Philadelphia on this day and threatened the entire team with lifetime bans if they would not call off their strike and resume the club's playing schedule immediately. At the behest of Cobb the team agreed to end the work stoppage but the game was rained out. The photo (34.74 x 6.5 inches) exhibits only one or two extremely minute creases, which are barely visible and mentioned merely for the sake of accuracy, and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 41.75 x 13 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 $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,925
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