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1921 Cleveland Indians Old Timers Panorama Including Cy Young and Nap Lajoie - Cleveland's 125th Anniversary - Cy Young Returns To The Mound!
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,058
This large-format panoramic photograph pictures the twenty-five uniformed participants in a special Old Timers' Day event that took place on July 29, 1921, at Dunn Field in Cleveland. Among the notables included here are future Hall of Famers Nap Lajoie, Cy Young, Elmer Flick, and Jesse Burkett, as well as Chief Zimmer, Neal Ball, and Nick Altrock. In addition to those stars, twelve other former Major League players (all of whom played with Cleveland at some point in their careers) are featured in the photo: Heinie Berger, Frank Knauss, Charlie Hickman, Bill Bradley, Larry Twitchell, Harry Bay, Bunk Congalton, Terry Turner, Paddy Livingston, Earl Moore, Ollie Pickering, and Red Nelson. Each player is identified in white print directly below his respective image. The white-lettered caption along the top border reads "Old Timers Base Ball Team - Cleveland, Ohio's 125th Anniversary - Dunn Field, July 29, 1921 - Old Timers 11 Former Amateurs 8." The photographer's credit, "F. A. Flowers - National Press Photographic Service," appears in the lower right corner. While we do not know the respective lineups for the "old timers" and the "former amateurs," our research indicates that one of the highlights of the game was the return to the mound by Cy Young. Young was fifty-four years old at the time and, as evidenced by his waistline, more than a few pounds over his playing weight. Neither age nor girth, however, prevented him from pitching two innings in the contest, much to the delight of the fans, we presume. The Cleveland Indians were out of town on July 29, 1921, so the old timers had the baseball spotlight to themselves on this day. Judging by the smiles on many of their faces, it appears that most of them enjoyed being back in the spotlight, even if just for a few hours. The photo (26.25 x 7 inches), which displays exceptional clarity, has not been examined out of frame, but the image area is in stellar Near Mint condition. This is the only example of this extraordinary and historic panorama we have ever seen. Beautifully matted and framed to total dimensions of 35.5 x 15.75 inches. Disclosure per section 13 of REA's terms and conditions: This lot has been consigned from the personal collection of an executive or employee of Robert Edward Auctions (or a relative of an executive or employee). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,058
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