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1910 Boston Red Sox Team Panorama
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,406
In 1910 Boston Red Sox fans witnessed the emergence of one of baseball's greatest dynasties. Although the club finished the season in fourth place, with a record of 81-72, the seeds of future world championships were sown with the debut of baseball's legendary "million dollar outfield" (Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, and Duffy Lewis) and a promising young pitcher named "Smokey" Joe Wood, who finished his rookie campaign with twelve wins and a 1.68 ERA. This crystal-clear panoramic photo captures twenty-four members of the 1910 Boston Red Sox posing together at the Huntington Avenue Grounds. Included here are Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, Duffy Lewis, "Smokey" Joe Wood, Ed Cicotte (one of the main conspirators in the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal), Bill Carrigan (future player/manager of the Red Sox), and manager Patsy Donovan. Also pictured in the photo, standing in the back row dressed in formal attire, is team owner John I. Taylor. The photographer's credit, "Falk Photo Co.," appears in white lettering along the bottom border of the photo and the notation, "Red Sox - May 1910," is hand-printed in grand calligraphic style within the design of the matting. This striking photo, which measures 26 x 9.5 inches, is distinguished by both its phenomenal clarity and condition. Aside from a few tiny scratches on the image of the team trainer (pictured on the far right) the photo is in outstanding Near Mint condition and remains a paragon of early twentieth-century baseball photography. Dead-ball era team panoramas are all rare, and few surviving examples can compare with this piece in terms of outstanding visual appeal. This museum-quality display photograph is also larger than many others from the era. The photo is complete with its original cream-colored matting (light staining along the borders) and wood frame (34.75 x 18.25 inches). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000+. SOLD FOR $4,406
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