Circa 1912 Johnny Evers Photo

Sold For: $705

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1402

Item Year: 1912

Category: The Golden Age of Baseball Photography

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Vintage original press photo, culled from The Detroit News archives, capturing Hall of Fame infielder Johnny Evers as a member of the Chicago Cubs. The crystal-clear photo pictures Evers wearing his team sweater as he gazes away from the camera. Reverse markings consist of a "Chicago Tribune" credit stamp, a date stamp reading "Filed Before June 1919," and the handwritten editorial notation "Johnny Evers probable new mgr for Cubs." Evers took over as manager for the Cubs in 1913, following the dismissal of Frank Chance at the end of the 1912 season. Based upon the handwritten caption, this photo most likely pictures Evers in 1912, prior to his assuming the reins of the club. 1912 was a tumultuous season for the Cubs. Not only was Frank Chance fired (after winning four pennants and two World Championships in seven plus seasons), but the club also dealt Joe Tinker, the other member of the team's famed double-play combination, to Cincinnati in December. Although Evers led the Cubs to a third place finish in 1913, just as Chance did in 1912, the team's record of 88-65 was worse than the previous year's mark of 91-59. That finish was not to the liking of Cubs owner Charles Webb Murphy and on December 12th Evers too was fired, thus officially ending one of the greatest eras in team history. The photo (5 x 7 inches) has flawless contrast. Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $705

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