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Circa 1903 "3rd Base Tavern" Display Photograph

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $8,812.50

Extraordinary crystal clear circa 1903 original photograph picturing one of the most fabled "watering holes" in Boston history: the 3rd Base Tavern owned by Mike "Nuf-Ced" McGreevy. This is a simply incredible original display photograph of this historic baseball landmark. "3rd Base," so named because it "was the last stop before you went home," was not only a tavern, but a shrine to the Boston Red Sox. McGreevy was Boston's biggest baseball fan and his passion for the club was reflected in the tavern's decor. A large generic figure of a player (known simply at the time as "The Baseball Man") stood on the roof above the entrance and the interior featured everything Red Sox including photos, bats, balls, trophies, clippings, and other memorabilia pertaining to the club. A sign outside in the shape of a shield with crossed reads "Welcome Loyal Rooters 3rd Base." As the cherished home to both the legendary Royal Rooters and an army of sports fans for nearly three decades, the tavern stood as a city landmark until prohibition finally forced the announcement of "last call." After the final toast to the Sox was made, McGreevy eventually sold the building and donated nearly all of his baseball memorabilia to the Boston Public Library. The photograph (7 x 5 inches) is in Near Mint condition and is affixed to its original cabinet card style mount. Lettered in white along the top of the mount is McGreevy's famous sobriquet, "Nuf-Ced," and lettered along the base, also in white, is the tavern's address "3rd Base - 940 Columbus-Roxbury." We have never before seen this photograph. This is an extraordinary image of the highest quality and with tremendous detail. Framed in what is almost certainly its original frame to total dimensions of 13. 5 x 11.5 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $8,812.50

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