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1914 World Series Panoramic Photo - "Miracle" Boston Braves vs. Philadelphia Athletics at Fenway Park

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,600

This magnificent 1914 World Series panoramic photo captures the action from Game 3 between the "Miracle" Boston Braves and the Philadelphia Athletics at Fenway Park on October 12th. Taken from the perspective of the left-field grandstand, the crystal-clear photograph captures not only nearly the entire playing field but also the filled-to-capacity grandstands and many of the outlying buildings in the distance. One of the most pleasing aspects of this photo is the beautiful depiction of Fenway Park's fabled left-field wall. While it was not officially known as the "Green Monster" at that time, the fence, which stood over twenty-five feet high, has always been the ballpark's most identifiable feature. Visible on the wall are the scoreboard (the game is tied 2-2 in the top of ninth) and numerous advertising signs from the era. Printed along the bottom border of the photo is the white-lettered caption “World’s Series – Braves 5 Athletics 4, 12 Innings, Fenway Park, American League Grounds, Oct 12, 1914.” The photographer’s credit appears directly to the right of the caption: “Photo by Riley – 55 Gray St. Boston, Mass.” The photo, which displays flawless clarity and contrast, captures in a most elegant manner a precise moment in time: the the start of the ninth inning with the score tied 2-2. The catcher has just completed his warm-up throw to second as the Philadelphia leadoff batter bends to pick up some dirt. The center fielder and right fielder are walking back to their positions and the first-base coach is seen conversing with the first-base umpire. The Boston faithful are out in force, including numerous fans seated on the roof and two devotees who sit perched halfway up the center-field flagpole. The breadth of detail is overwhelming; the more one looks, the more one can see; and this is certainly one of the hallmark qualities that make the best panoramic photographs so appealing, both as historical windows into the past and as an art form. The 1914 “fall classic” won by the Boston Braves in four games, was a historic Series as it capped one the greatest comebacks in baseball history. On July 4, 1914, the Boston Braves found themselves fifteen games behind the first-place Giants. Miraculously, the team then went on an amazing winning streak, and ultimately won the pennant by ten-and-half games. They then upset the powerful A’s in four straight games to capture their first World Championship in franchise history. Interestingly, the Braves were playing at Fenway Park (home of the Red Sox) because they had recently moved out of their original stadium (South End Grounds) and their new home (Braves Field) would not be ready until the following season. The photograph (31.5 x 7.75 inches) displays what appears to be a repaired two-inch diagonal tear along the upper left border (very unobtrusive) and is otherwise in apparent Excellent to Mint condition. Framed to total dimensions of 33.5 x 9.5 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $3,600

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