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1901 Terre Haute Team Cabinet Card with Mordecai Brown!
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $4,444
Extremely rare team cabinet card featuring cameo portraits of twelve members of the 1901 Terre Haute Hottentots, champions of the Three-I League (Illinois-Indiana-Iowa). Encapsulated and graded VG/EX 50 by SGC. While the exploits of the 1901 Hottentots are largely forgotten today, this team cabinet is of great historical significance because it pictures future Hall of Fame pitcher Mordecai Brown, who was in his very first season of professional ball. This is a remarkably early and important Mordecai Brown photographic item, featuring his earliest image as a professional. Also included are three other players who eventually made it to the major leagues, Bill Richardson, George Starnagle, and Jim Hackett, as well as manager Bill Krieg. All of the players are identified in print below their respective images. The printed caption at the base reads "Champions/I. I. I. League 1901," below which is the name of the photographer, "Holloway." Brown, who was twenty-four years old when he joined Terre Haute in 1901, was the ace of the staff that season, compiling a record of 25-8 with a 2.79 ERA. Brown, of course, later became one of the most dominant pitchers of his era, winning twenty or more games for six consecutive seasons with the Cubs between the years 1906 and 1911. He finished his career with 239 wins and a 2.06 lifetime ERA (sixth-best all time). This is the only example of this cabinet card we have ever seen. The cabinet card (5 x 7 inches) displays corner and edge wear, as well as a few light surface abrasions. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $4,444
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