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1929 Toledo Mud Hens Large-Format Team Photograph with Casey Stengel
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $353
Outstanding large-format professionally produced posed team photograph of the 1929 Toledo Mud Hens, of extraordinary quality and with flawless contrast, produced by the Baker Art Gallery (credit lower right), almost certainly created for team members (or some other very official purpose). Prior to winning ten pennants and seven World Championships with the New York Yankees, Casey Stengel held a number of major and minor-league managerial positions. One of his earliest stops was in Toledo as manager of the Mud Hens of the American Association. This superb large-format display photo pictures "The Old Professor" and twenty-one other members of the Toledo Mud Hens posing together in 1929. All of the players are pictured in uniform, with Stengel seated in the first row, third from the left. The year, "1929," is printed in white at the top. Stengel took over as manager of Toledo in 1926, following a one-year stint as manager/president of Worcester of the Eastern League in 1925. In his six seasons at Toledo Stengel enjoyed both highs and lows, winning the pennant in 1927 before tumbling to eighth place in 1929. Stengel was forty years old at the time of this photo and he still enjoyed the action of playing in games now and then. He took the liberty of penciling his name in the lineup twenty times in 1929, finishing the season with an average of .226 in thirty-two at bats. In 1931, his final season with Toledo, Stengel made his final at bat as a professional. Over the next two decades Stengel managed mostly second division clubs until his big break in 1949 when he was named manager of the New York Yankees. The rest, as they say, is history. The photo (19 x 11 inches) displays a few extremely tiny edge tears; it is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Mounted (by means of photo hinges) and framed to total dimensions of 26.5 x 20.5 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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