1905 Cy Young Photo by Louis Van Oeyen

Sold For: $588

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1396

Item Year: 1905

Category: The Golden Age of Baseball Photography

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Vintage original Louis Van Oeyen press photo, culled from The Detroit News archives, capturing Cy Young as a member of the Boston Red Sox in 1905. The photo, printed on atypical photo stock (high-quality paper texture as opposed to a glossy surface), pictures Young as he warms up on the sidelines prior to a game. Van Oeyen's credit stamp, which reads "Warning. Do Not Publish This Photo Without Giving Notice - Copyrighted 1905 by L. Van Oeyen. Cleveland, Ohio," appears on the reverse. Additional reverse markings include the date stamp "Filed Before June 1919" and various period editorial notations. Louis Van Oeyen was one of the greatest photographers of his era. Although he covered a wide variety of new stories, his greatest passion was baseball. By 1908 his reputation as one of the top baseball cameramen in the nation earned him the title of the American League's official photographer, a position he held until 1922. 1905 was a historic year in Young's career, as it represented the first time he ever posted a losing record in a season. Young won eighteen games against nineteen losses, but as his 1.82 ERA will attest, his record was more indicative of a lack of run support than anything else. Young eventually retired in 1911 with 511 wins, a record that will probably never be broken. The photo (4.75 x 7.75 inches) has a few very minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including slightly uneven borders and small corner creases. Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $588

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