Circa 1909 Eddie Plank Photo

Sold For: $1,058

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1392

Item Year: 1909

Category: The Golden Age of Baseball Photography

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Extraordinary vintage original press photo, culled from The Detroit News archives, featuring Hall of Fame pitcher Eddie Plank as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics. Plank was one of the game's most enigmatic figures and his personality was characterized by a serious and deliberate nature. This photo, which could be described as a study in introversion, clearly epitomizes those traits and captures the calm and composed temperament of Plank in extreme close-up. Reverse markings include two date stamps ("Apr 25 1909" and "Aug 19 1920") and the name "Eddie Plank" scripted in pencil. 1909 was the first season in which the A's wore the pillbox-style cap depicted here and they continued to wear it through 1914. Eddie Plank enjoyed another outstanding season in 1909, winning 19 games and recording a career-low 1.76 ERA. Considered one of the greatest pitchers of all time, Plank retired in 1917 with 326 wins, which was the most by any left-handed pitcher until Warren Spahn surpassed him in 1962. The photo (8 x 10 inches) has a few very minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including light editorial outlining to Plank's image. Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400++. SOLD FOR $1,058

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