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1929 San Antonio Team Photo with Dizzy Dean
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $414.75
Large and extremely high quality presentation composite display photo of the 1929 San Antonio Public Service Co. Base Ball Club featuring twenty team members, including Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean. Produced by Smith's Hollywood Studio. This extremely impressive studio-produced photo predates Dean's professional baseball career and is almost certainly the earliest known photo of the Hall of Fame pitcher in a baseball uniform. Dean was only nineteen years old at the time, but as noted by the printed identification, he was already known as "Dizzy" Dean. (The generally accepted origin of his nickname is that it was acquired in 1927 during his short stint in the Army, when a sergeant found him throwing potatoes at garbage can lids and exclaimed "why you dizzy son-of-a-bitch!") There are no records of Dean's performance in 1929 with the semipro Public Service Club, but it must have been pretty good, given the fact that the team won both the city and district championship that year (as noted in the printed caption along the base). The following season the Cardinals signed Dean to his first professional contract and assigned him to the St. Joseph Saints of the Class A Western League. Dean was so impressive that season that he eventually earned a short stint with the Cardinals at the end of the year; however, it wasn't until 1932 that he eventually made it to the Majors for good. The rest, as they say, is history. The photo (13.5 x 10.75 inches), which appears to possibly have a slight trim (if so, done long ago to fit it in a frame), displays a few minor surface wrinkles and tiny abrasions. Extremely impressive for display, as intended. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall and with flawless contrast. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $414.75
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