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Circa 1916 Original George Grantham Bain Glass Negative - Babe Ruth and Red Sox Players
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,920
Original glass negative capturing Babe Ruth in 1916 as a member of the Boston Red Sox, taken by renowned baseball photographer George Grantham Bain. Ruth is pictured seated on the front steps of the dugout along with teammates Ernie Shore, Rube Foster, and Del Gainer. Each player's last name has been etched into the negative along with the production number "3964-1" (as was Bain's custom). A small paper label, bearing the handwritten date "9/6/16," is affixed to the upper left corner of the negative. The Red Sox traveled to Philadelphia on September 6, 1916, in what was the seventh game of a long twenty-five-game road trip. The Red Sox defeated the A's 5-2 on that day, with Rube Foster, pictured here, going the distance for his fifteenth win of the season. 1916 marked Babe Ruth’s second full season in the Major Leagues. He made his first career World Series start that fall and it was certainly a memorable one. Ruth set a record for most innings pitched in a single World Series game when he went the distance in a 2-1 fourteen-inning victory over the Brooklyn Robins in Game 2. This is an extremely early Ruth photo and one that captures him just prior to his first World Series appearance. George Grantham Bain was one of the great early baseball photographers. In 1948 the Library of Congress purchased over 40,000 of Bain's glass negatives and nearly 50,000 of his photographic prints from the Culver Archives. Today, they permanently reside in the Library's George Grantham Bain Collection. This is one of a small number of Bain's original glass negatives, originating from the Culver Archives, that was not part of that purchase in 1948. Even so, the Library of Congress does house an original positive photo made from this very glass negative, which can be found on its website (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/ppmsca.18459/). 6 x 4 inches. Accompanied by its original paper sleeve. Because this negative (like all the negatives in the Culver Archives) was leased out to other news organizations, it displays flaws commensurate with its age and former use, which include varying degrees of emulsion loss, chipping, scuffing, and scratching (nearly all of those flaws can be minimized or eliminated through digital processing). Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,920
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