Extraordinary Clark Griffith Signed Photo

Sold For: $823

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1058

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Original 8 x 10-inch photo of Hall of Fame pitcher/manager/owner Clark Griffith, signed in white paint pen (grading "9") in the lower left corner. The photographer's credit, "Don Wingfield - Falls Church, Va." is prominently stamped on the reverse. This photo, which captures the "The Old Fox" posing at his desk during his later years as owner of the Washington Senators, is undoubtedly one of the finest and most ideal Clark Griffith signed photos in existence. What makes this photo so exceptional is not only the superb contrast and clarity, but the venue itself. Griffith enjoyed a lifetime in baseball, first as a star pitcher, then as a manager, and finally as owner of the Washington Senators, where he rose to prominence as one of the most influential figures in the game. Here, pictured in his office at Griffith Stadium, circa 1950, he looks every bit the part of Baseball's elder statesman. One of the more fascinating aspects of this photo is that its extraordinary clarity allows the viewer to see, and even read, many of the items on Griffith's desk. Among the easily visible desktop pieces are a signed photo from Dwight Eisenhower, photos of his grandchildren, signed balls, Rittgers baseball figures, and a copy of the Sporting News featuring the headline "Frick Asks For Curbs On Radio Blurbs." The walls are decorated with numerous framed display pieces, and one can also see the outline of the stadium grandstands through the windows in the background. Griffith remained owner of the Senators right up until his death in 1955. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946. The photo has a tiny crease in the extreme upper left corner and two small surface wrinkles in the lower right quadrant (barely visible), and two small tape marks appear in the corners of the reverse. In Excellent to Mint condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $823

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