Remarkable large-format original photograph (11 x 14 inches) of baseball's "Grand Old Man," Connie Mack, by noted baseball photographer Louis Van Oeyen. Certified as a Type 1 photo by PSA/DNA. The photo captures Mack in profile while wearing his customary game-day garb of suit and hat. Van Oeyen's credit stamp appears on the reverse, as does the handwritten notation (which appears to be in Van Oeyen's hand) "Connie Mack/May 14th 1936." The Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-0 in Cleveland on May 14, 1936. Van Oeyen worked for the Cleveland Press
at the time and he obviously could not resist capturing Mack during the A's unusual one-game stint in Cleveland that month. Louis Van Oeyen is one of the most famous baseball photographers of his era. His newspaper career officially began in 1901 with his coverage of President McKinley's assassination. Working for the Cleveland Press
, Van Oeyen often covered a wide variety of new stories, but his greatest passion was baseball. By 1908 his reputation as one of the top cameramen in the nation earned him the title of the American League's official photographer, a position he held until 1922. Today, the largest collection of Van Oeyen's work (approximately 3,000 original negatives and corresponding photos) is housed in the Western Reserve Historical Society. Original Van Oeyen photos of this size, especially those of Hall of Famers, are scarce, making this an especially significant piece. The photo displays a number of light-to-moderate crease and is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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