1914 Boston Braves Team Composite Photo

Sold For: $1,058

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1412

Item Year: 1914

Category: The Golden Age of Baseball Photography

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Original composite press photo, culled from The Detroit News archives, capturing the members of the 1914 World Champion "Miracle" Braves. This is one of the most stunning and attractive team composites we have ever seen. The crystal-clear photo features portrait images of twenty-one team members arranged within the year numbers "1914." The numbers, in turn, are set against a photo, outlined in the shape of a pennant, picturing a sea of Boston fans "whooping it up" in the stands. "World's Champions" is printed in white along the top border of the "pennant." Each player is identified in print alongside his respective image, including manager George Stallings, Johnny Evers, Rabbit Maranville, Dick Rudolph, Bill James, Joe Connolly, Hank Gowdy, Butch Schmidt, Red Smith, Larry Gilbert, and Les Mann. "Copyright 1914 by American Press Association" is printed in the lower left corner. Reverse markings consist of a date stamp reading "Filed Before June 1919," a period editorial notation, and a typed notation (partially cut off, but still legible) reading "Boston Braves World's Championship Pennant - Photo by American Press Association." Team composites of this type were common during the era, but this example is a particularly exceptional example, both in its design and photographic composition, especially in the use of the Boston faithful as the backdrop. The Boston Braves shocked the baseball world in 1914 by battling back from a fifteen game deficit in July to capture the National League pennant and then, for an encore, swept the heavily favored Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series. This is a spectacular photographic display commemorating one of the most memorable teams in baseball history. The photo (10 x 5 inches) has a few very minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including editorial notations on the reverse. Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $1,058

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