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1914 Baltimore Terrapins Federal League Team Panorama
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,818.75
This extremely rare display photograph captures twenty-five members of the 1914 Baltimore Terrapins of the Federal League in a classic team pose. The team is pictured in their home whites, featuring a large "turtle" patch on the left breast, as they pose in front of the grandstand. The photographer's name and year, "H. B. Leopold '14," appears in the lower right corner. Included in the photo are the club's two twenty-game winners that season, Jack Quinn and George Suggs, as well as Hank Swacina, Bennie Meyer and Jimmy "Runt" Walsh, the three top hitters on the team. Also pictured is the Philadelphia Phillies veteran double-play combo of the past sevens seasons, Otto Knabe and Mickey Doolan, who, like many other established Major League players, were lured to the new league by the promise of more money. Knabe pulled double duty that year, as he also managed the Terps. Baltimore compiled an 84-70 record during the inaugural 1914 Federal League season, finishing in third place, four and half games off the pace of the pennant-winning Indianapolis Hoosiers. 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 photo a particularly significant historical piece and an extremely important relic of professional baseball in Baltimore. Any and all materials relating to the short-lived Federal League are exceedingly rare, especially photographic images of this scale. This is the first large-format display photo of the 1914 Baltimore Terrapins that we have ever seen. The photo (23 x 9.25 inches), which offers outstanding clarity, appears to be on a heavy stock photographic mount as made and displays a few minor border chips; otherwise in Excellent condition. Close examination reveals that the photo is actually produced using two photographs which have been placed seamlessly together on the mount, a common practice of photographic artists when producing panoramic images. A sheet of paper (8.25 x 1.75 inches) identifying each of the players has been inserted in the lower left corner and can be easily removed if so desired (it is not affixed to the photograph). Framed to total dimensions of 24.5 x 10.5 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $3,818.75
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