Circa 1909 Boston Red Sox Game-in-Progress Photo at Huntington Ave. Grounds

Sold For: $420

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1810

Item Year: 1907

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Vintage photo capturing a Boston Red Sox game-in-progress scene at Boston's Huntington Ave. Grounds, circa 1909. The scene captures the Boston hurler in mid pitch, with the second baseman, first baseman, and both the center and left fielders visible on the field. No member of the opposing club is pictured, so it is impossible to determine which team the Red Sox are playing. (The score board is not visible either.) Although there are no written identifications on either the front or back of the photo, the Huntington Ave. Grounds locale has been determined through comparison to another verified photo of the field in 1909 (the advertising signs on the outfield wall match up perfectly). It should be noted that vintage photos of the Huntington Ave. Grounds are scarce, let alone those capturing game action. What makes this photo so appealing is the throng of fans standing on the actual field, with those in the outfield forming an artificial wall just a few feet behind the outfielders. Prior to the construction of large, modern-style stadiums, such scenes were common during that era, as team owners would never consider turning away a paying customer just because the grandstand was full. The Huntington Ave. Grounds served as Boston's home field from 1901 to 1911. In 1912 the club moved to Fenway Park, which remains the oldest major league stadium still in use today. The photo (9.75 x 8 inches), which has been mounted by means of tape on the reverse, displays a few minor surface wrinkles and is otherwise in Excellent condition overall. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 16 x 13 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).


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