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1914 Boston Braves vs. New York Giants at Fenway Park Panoramic Photograph
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $7,540.00
Spectacular panoramic photo capturing a game in progress between the "Miracle" Boston Braves and New York Giants at Fenway Park on September 7, 1914. In terms of pure aesthetics, this photo, which displays exceptional clarity and contrast, ranks among the finest dead-ball era panoramas ever produced. Taken from the perspective of the right field bleachers, the photo captures not only the entire playing field but also the filled-to-capacity grandstands and many of the outlying buildings in the distance. Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of this photo is the beautiful depiction of Fenway Park's fabled left field wall. While it was not officially known as the "Green Monster" at that time, the fence, which stood over twenty-five feet high, has always been the ballpark's most identifiable feature. Visible on the wall are the scoreboard, showing both the game score (Boston is losing 5-1 in the seventh inning) and out-of-town scores, as well as numerous advertising signs from the era. Also visible, though not as prominently due to the throng of "standing-room only" fans, is "Duffy's Cliff," a ten-foot-high mound in front of the left field wall that was named for Red Sox left fielder Duffy Lewis. Printed along the bottom border is the white lettered caption "Panoramic View of American League Grounds, Fenway Park. Labor Day, Sept. 7th. 1914. Boston Braves vs. N. Y. Giants, National League, Afternoon Game, Crowd 40,000." Directly to the right of the caption is the photographer's credit stamp that reads "Copyright 1914 - Darley and George - Malden. " Its visual appeal notwithstanding, this photo also has historical significance in that it commemorates one of the greatest comebacks in baseball history. On July 4, 1914 the Boston Braves found themselves fifteen games behind the first-place Giants. Miraculously, the team then went on an amazing winning streak, and ultimately won the pennant by ten-and-half games over the Giants. This photo captures the action from the second game of a morning-afternoon doubleheader against their chief rivals. The Braves won the first game by a score of 5-4; however, the Giants won the second game (depicted here) 10-1. The Braves were playing at Fenway Park due to the fact that they had recently moved out of their original stadium (South End Grounds) and their new home (Braves Field) would not be ready until the following season. The photo measures 39 x 7.75 inches and is in apparent Near Mint condition. Framed (in what appears to be its original, vintage frame) to total dimensions of 42 x 10.5 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $7,540.00
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