Circa 1868 Henry Chadwick Oval Portrait Photograph

Sold For: $3,600

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1456

Item Year: 1868

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Exceptionally rare original studio portrait of early baseball pioneer Henry Chadwick, originating directly from Chadwick's great-grandson. One of baseball's most significant early figures, Henry Chadwick influenced the game as America's premier baseball journalist of the nineteenth century. He developed the modern box score, introduced statistics such as batting average and ERA, wrote numerous instructional manuals on the game, and edited many baseball guides. He was also an influential member of baseball's early rules committees. His tireless work and devotion to the game greatly contributed to popularizing baseball during its early years. This is a flawless original professional photographic image of the man who has long been recognized as "The Father of Baseball." Chadwick was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1938. There are very few original photographs of Chadwick known to exist. Players were constantly being photographed, for books, card sets, team photos, etc., but a baseball writer such as Chadwick, despite his great prominence and extraordinary significance to the game, naturally had far fewer occasions to be photographed than players. The oval photograph measures 5.75 x 7.5 inches, and is a professionally produced portrait intended for display. This is a very rare museum-caliber study of one of nineteenth-century baseball's most important figures. With flawless contrast. In Near Mint condition. Matted to total dimensions of 8 x 10 inches. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).


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