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Circa 1900 Tommy Leach Cabinet Photo
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $480
Cabinet photo of former National League star third baseman Tommy Leach. The formal studio photograph features a nattily attired Leach in a bust-length pose. The photographer's credit, "Moller Thomasville, GA," is embossed along the base of the mount. This photo pictures Leach as he appeared early in his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, based upon the vintage blue-ink inscription on the reverse that reads "Tommy Leach. 1900/Third baseman, Pittsburg, PA Club." Though not a Hall of Famer, Tommy Leach enjoyed a fine nineteen-year Major League career (1898-1918), most of which was spent as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Today, Leach is best remembered for making the first hit in World Series history and also for being a key member of the 1909 World Champion Pirates. He was without question one of the great hitters of his day, and was particularly noted for his great speed, which helped him hit 172 triples (not including an additional four in the 1903 World Series) and forty-nine inside-the-park home runs during his career. Long after his retirement from the game Leach became known to a new generation of fans after being featured in Lawrence Ritter's now classic baseball book, The Glory of Their Times, which was first published in 1966. Leach, who died in 1969 at the age of 92, was the last surviving player from the 1903 World Series. The cabinet photo (7.25 x 5.25 inches) displays minor edge wear to mount and is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $480
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