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Circa 1868 Henry Chadwick Oval Portrait Photograph

Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $2,900.00

Exceptionally rare original studio portrait of early baseball pioneer Henry Chadwick, originating directly from Chadwick's great-grandson. One of baseball's most significant early figures, Henry Chadwick influenced the game as America's premier baseball journalist of the nineteenth century. He developed the modern box score, introduced statistics such as batting average and ERA, wrote numerous instructional manuals on the game, and edited many baseball guides. He was an influential member of Baseball's early rules committees. His tireless work and devotion to the game greatly contributed to popularizing baseball during its early years. This is a flawless original professional photographic image of the man who has long been recognized as "The Father of Baseball." There are very few original photographs of Chadwick known to exist. It is far easier to locate photographs of just about any other pre-1900 Hall of Famer. Players were constantly being photographed, for books, card sets, team photos, etc., but a baseball writer such as Chadwick, despite his great prominence and extraordinary significance to the game, naturally had far fewer occasions to be photographed than players. The photograph measures 7 x 5.25 inches, and in this impressive size was obviously intended for display. Chadwick was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1938. This is a very rare museum-caliber study of one of nineteeth-century baseball's most important figures, and one of the rarest of all Hall of Famer photographs. In assembling a gallery of images of significant Hall of Famers, Chadwick is among the rarest, with literally just a handful of images known to exist. This is the first time this significant photograph has ever been offered. Exquisitely matted and framed to dimensions of 15 x 17.5 inches. With flawless contrast. In Near Mint condition. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $2,900.00


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