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Circa 1900 "Green's Nebraska Indians" Team Photo
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $528.75
Original 10 x 8-inch photograph featuring thirteen members of "Green's Nebraska Indians" in a formal studio pose. The team is nattily attired in high-quality uniforms from the period, each of which is lettered "NI" ("Nebraska Indians") on the jersey. Various balls, gloves, and other equipment are displayed in front of them, including a number of bags all prominently lettered "Green's Nebraska Indians." From 1897 to about 1914, Green's Nebraska Indians were one of the premier barnstorming teams in the country. The novelty of the team was that it was comprised of Native Americans, but this was a very serious barnstorming baseball team. Founded by Guy W. Green, a lawyer from Nebraska who also doubled as a baseball promoter, the team was known for their willingness to take on all comers. Green handpicked the squad himself in 1897, recruiting players from a number of Native American colleges and nearby reservations. Although the team was primarily comprised of Native American players, a few non-Native Americans were also included. Shortly after they began touring, the players developed a number of comical routines to keep the fans interested. Thus, much like the Harlem Globetrotters of modern times, Green's Indians combined entertainment with extraordinary baseball skill and were extremely popular wherever they traveled. Unlike the Globetrotter's, however, Green's Indians didn't travel with their own "patsy" opponent. The games they played were real, and normally against each town's top club. The Nebraska Indians were more than up for the challenge. According to period accounts, Green's Indians compiled a record of 1,237 wins, 336 losses, and 11 ties between the years 1897 and 1914. The team represents a fascinating and significant chapter in baseball history, relating both to barnstorming teams and racial equality on the diamond during an era in which very little tolerance was displayed in this arena. The photo is in Near Mint condition and is housed in its original period matting (13 x 11 inches). Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$300. SOLD FOR $528.75
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