Original press photo of Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Alexander, warming up on the sidelines as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, taken by renowned baseball photographer George Grantham Bain. Accompanied by an LOA from PSA/DNA certifying it as a "Type 1 Original Photograph." As is common for Bain photos, Alexander's name was etched onto the negative and, consequently, appears in white at the bottom of the image. This is naturally an extremely desirable trait for an early photo. Reverse markings include a George Grantham Bain proprietary stamp, two "Culver Service" labels, and a date stamp reading "Jun 5 1918." Obviously, this photo was taken sometime earlier, as Alexander was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1918 after having starred with the Philles from 1911 to 1917. Grover Alexander, nicknamed "Pete," was one of the greatest pitchers of his day and his 373 wins ranks tied for third on the all-time list. Alexander captured the Triple Crown of pitching (leading the league in wins, strikeouts, and ERA) on three separate occasions and he finished his career with an amazing 90 shutouts (including a Major League record of sixteen in 1916). Despite his numerous pitching accomplishments, Alexander is best remembered today for his heroic performance in Game 7 of the 1926 World Series. After having started and won Game 6, Alexander was called upon the next day to preserve the Cardinals slim 3-2 lead. Entering the game in the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded and two out, Alexander struck out Tony Lazzeri on four pitches to end the threat. He then blanked the Yankees over the next two innings to give the Cardinals their first World Championship in franchise history. The photo (4 x 5 inches) displays a heavy diagonal crease in the lower left corner (not affecting Alexander's image) and is otherwise in Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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