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1917 Timothy Murnane Day "All-Star Team" Photo Including Ty Cobb and Joe Jackson

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $15,275.00

Extremely rare and heretofore unknown original photograph capturing fourteen members of the American League “All-Star Team” who participated in the Timothy Murnane Day charity game held on September 27, 1917, at Boston’s Fenway Park. Included among the notables pictured posing together are manager Connie Mack, Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Tris Speaker, Hughie Jennings, Rabbit Maranville, Ray Chapman, Buck Weaver, Wally Schang, Stuffy McInnis, Steve O’Neill, and Howard Ehmke. A young batboy and an unidentified gentleman in street clothes are also present in the photo. This is simply one of the finest dead-ball era photographs in existence, with reference to both subject matter and quality. The Murnane Day game was the second of the two most important charity events of the decade, with the first having been the fundraiser for Addie Joss' family following his untimely passing in 1911. In terms of rarity, however, this particular photo is much scarcer than the more familiar Addie Joss Day panoramas, of which approximately ten are known to exist. While we cannot definitively state that this photo is unique, it is certainly the only Murnane Day photo we have ever seen. Aside from this photo and the Addie Joss Day panorama, few, if any, photos exist from the era picturing such a diverse assemblage of stars. In addition to the six aforementioned Hall of Famers, the photo also includes three other legendary ballplayers. Both “Shoeless Joe” Jackson and Buck Weaver will forever be remembered for their role in the fixing of the 1919 World Series, actions that would later lead to their lifetime banishment from baseball. Ray Chapman’s name lives on today, not in infamy, but through tragic circumstances. In 1920 Chapman was hit in the head by a pitched ball at the Polo Grounds and never regained consciousness. He died the next day and his death remains the only on-field fatality in Major League history. The photo (10 x 7.5 inches) remains in spectacular Mint condition, displaying flawless clarity and contrast throughout. It is professionally mounted cabinet card-style onto a heavy cardboard display mount that has a very light hint of adhesive residue along the perimeter, thus indicating that the piece had at one time been framed. The event that occasioned this photo was certainly a sad one for Boston sports fans. Tim Murnane was a former Boston Nationals player and manager during the nineteenth century who later became one of the town’s most popular and respected sports writers. On February 7, 1917, Murnane passed away unexpectedly, much to the sorrow of the community. In an effort to raise money for his family, the Red Sox and the town of Boston declared September 27, 1917, as Tim Murnane day and held a number of special events at Fenway Park . The highlight of the festivities was an exhibition game between the Red Sox and a team of American League All-Stars. Surprisingly, Babe Ruth and Rube Foster combined for a 2-0 shutout over their star laden rivals, thus sending the more than 17,000 fans in attendance home happy. The event was also a monetary success, as the game raised over $14,000 for the Murnane family. This is an extraordinary museum-quality display photograph, literally one of the best early baseball photographs in existence, featuring the American League's greatest stars, and taken at one of the two most important memorial games of the early twentieth century. The photograph is in Mint condition. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$8,000+. SOLD FOR $15,275.00

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