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1929 Rochester Red Wings Team Panoramic Photograph with Bill McKechnie
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $353
This outstanding team panorama captures thirty-five members of the 1929 Rochester Red Wings, including manager Bill McKechnie, posing together in front of the grandstand. Each player is identified in print below his image. The printed caption "Rochester 'Red Wings' 1929" appears in the upper right corner while the photographer's credit, "M. C. Mayberry," is located in the lower right. The Rochester Red Wings were the top farm club of the St. Louis Cardinals, and this photo includes a number of players who either previously played in the Majors, such as "Specs" Torporcer, or were on their way up, such as Tex Carleton, Ripper Collins, Ray Blades, and Paul Derringer. It is especially interesting to see McKechnie in this photo, given the fact that he had just won two pennants and a World Championship at the Major League level in the prior four years. McKechnie was actually serving penance in Rochester in 1929. After guiding the Cardinals to the 1928 National League pennant, McKechnie's club was swept by the powerful New York Yankees in the World Series. Incensed at the loss to the Yankees, the Cardinals front office overreacted and demoted McKechnie to manager of Rochester. It was a terrible blow for McKechnie. Despondent over the move, he decided to run for public office, seeking the position of tax collector in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. He vowed to his friends that if he were to be elected he would give up baseball. Fortunately for him, he lost the election and dutifully reported to Rochester in an effort to work his way back to the Majors. Although he was obviously not happy about the demotion, he probably found solace in the fact that his son, Frank Jr., was on the club and he could watch him play on a day-to-day basis. Midway through the season, cooler heads prevailed in St. Louis and the Cardinals reinstated him as their manager for the final sixty-two games of the season. McKechnie went on to enjoy a Hall of Fame managerial career that was later highlighted by two additional pennants and a World Championship with Cincinnati. The photo (27 x 7.5 inches) displays a number of very light creases, most of which are only visible when viewed at certain angles, and is in Excellent condition overall. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 32.75 x 13 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 $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $353
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