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1914 Pittsburgh Rebels Federal League Panorama

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,292.50

This crystal-clear panoramic photograph captures twenty-six members of the 1914 Pittsburgh Rebels of the Federal League posing shoulder-to-shoulder on the field. The photographer's credit, "Photo by Murphy & Farrar," appears in white lettering along the lower right. The official Pittsburgh roster for the season numbered only thirty, so included in the photo is virtually every player on the team, no matter how minor, as well as all "key" members including twenty-game winner Elmer Knetzer, Howie Camnitz, Hugh Bradley, Ed Lennox, Rebel Oakes (who also assumed the managerial duties early in the season), and Davy Jones. This is the first example of this rare Federal League team photograph we have ever seen. The Federal League was formed in 1914 as a Major League rival to the American and National Leagues. Despite its success in signing many of the game's top stars, the League only lasted two seasons, thus making this display photograph not only an extraordinary artistic achievement, but an extremely significant historical piece as well. Any and all materials relating to the short-lived Federal League are exceedingly rare, especially panoramic team photos. This photo can be definitively dated to the 1914 season based upon the one-year uniform style the players are wearing. Pittsburgh finished in seventh place during its inaugural Federal League season, but rebounded the following season by advancing to third place. The photo (17 x 4.5 inches) displays three small areas of light discoloration (one one of which is easily noticeable due to its placement against the light backdrop of the infield dirt), otherwise it is in apparent Near Mint condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 21 x 8.5 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,292.50

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