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Lot # 896 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1920 John McGraw News Photo Taken by George Grantham Bain

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $352.50

Striking original news photo of Hall of Fame manager John McGraw taken by renowned baseball photographer George Grantham Bain. McGraw is pictured holding a bat as he surveys the field prior to a game. His grim visage exemplifies his reputation as a stern disciplinarian and one only has to gaze upon this photo once to truly understand why McGraw was known as baseball's "Little Napoleon." Bain's photos, like those of Charles Conlon, were not only technically superior to those of his contemporaries but also more expressive. They were not simply mirrors, reflecting light and color, but also windows into each player's soul. In viewing this photo, one seems to know McGraw intimately and in a manner that words could never express. Such was Bain's gift. McGraw's name is printed along the top border (the name was actually etched into the negative). A production number appears to the right of McGraw's name. A Bain News Service stamp appears on the reverse as does a Culver Pictures, Inc., stamp. McGraw's name and the date, "Aug 10, 1920," are also printed on the reverse. The photo displays a small tear along the lower left border and is in overall Excellent condition. Beautifully matted and framed to total dimensions of 9.25 x 11 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $352.50


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