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1912 Fenway Park Opening Day Panoramic Photograph - Boston vs. New York
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,480.00
The first official regular season game at Fenway Park occurred on April 20, 1912 and, fittingly, the game matched the Red Sox against the New York Yankees (known as the Highlanders at the time). This rare and significant original panoramic photo captures the members of the Boston Red Sox and New York Highlanders as they pose together prior to that historic opener. Included among the players pictured are Smokey Joe Wood (who would win thirty-four games that season), Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper of the Red Sox, and Hal Chase of the Highlanders (who would later be banned from baseball for gambling). Lettered in white along the top is the notation "Opening Game American League - Fenway Park - April 20-1912 - Boston vs. New York." The photographer's credit appears in the upper right. The opening of Fenway Park coincided with one of the greatest eras in Red Sox history, as the club would win four World Championships (1912, 1915, 1916 and 1918) over the course of the next seven years. Dead-ball era panoramas represent a high point in the history of baseball photography, providing majestic images of baseball's glorious past. In addition to their pleasing aesthetic qualities they also provided some fun for the players. The slow, panning nature of the shot often allowed for players at one end of the line to run around the cameraman and take their place at the other end, thus appearing twice in the same photo. Here, in this example, Joe Wood and another Red Sox player took advantage of that "window of opportunity" to pose with both their own teammates and the members of the Highlanders. The photo (44 x 6.5 inches) displays moderate restoration (in the form of image enhancement) in response to damage caused by dampness and emulsions. It should be noted, however, that most of the condition flaws remain in the far right and left areas of the print and the photo, in general, is characterized by exceptional clarity and contrast. While technically in Very Good condition, the photo displays a much more pleasing Excellent overall appearance. An exceptionally rare and desirable photo commemorating Fenway Park's inaugural home opener. Framed to total dimensions of 46.5 x 9 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $3,480.00
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