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1906 John McGraw Photograph Signed To "Nuf Ced" McGreevy
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,818.75
Presented is what we believe is without question the finest John McGraw signed photograph we have ever seen. This extraordinary "action" photograph of John McGraw captures the Giants manager on the field during the 1906 season and has been inscribed by him in black fountain pen in the foreground. McGraw has signed and personalized the photo "To M. T. McGreevy - For your wall - John J. McGraw." Both the inscription and signature grade "8" and contrast beautifully against the light background. The "M. T. McGreevy" referenced in the inscription is none other than Michael T. "Nuff Ced" McGreevy, leader of the Royal Rooters and owner of the 3rd Base Tavern, the home of the Rooters which became a much celebrated shrine to the game. "The wall" McGraw is referring to is the wall of McGreevy's 3rd Base Tavern, on which it was an honor to be represented. This original first-generation photograph, taken in 1906, is rare in that it not only pictures McGraw in mid-swing (either taking batting practice or hitting balls to one of his fielders) but also captures him wearing the Giants special 1906 "one-year-only" style jersey. The Giants defeated the A's in the 1905 World Series, thus marking their first World Championship of the modern era. The following season, in honor of that accomplishment, McGraw had the team wear special uniforms lettered "World's Champions" across the front. McGraw is seen here in that classic garb, with the year also confirmed by the vintage, white-ink notation written to the left of his image: "In 1906 Champions Uniform - 1905 New York National Defeats Philadelphia Amer. - First National League Worlds Champions - John J. McGraw Mgr." 1906 marked McGraw's final season as an active player. The future Hall of Famer penciled himself in the lineup on four occasions that summer. Although he went hitless in his only two at bats, it did little to adversely affect his stellar .334 lifetime average, a mark compiled over the course of sixteen seasons. The photo (6 x 8 inches) appears to be trimmed to its current dimensions and is affixed to a heavy cardboard mount. In Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $3,818.75
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