1907 Detroit Tigers Team Photo

Sold For: $823

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1422

Item Year: 1907

Category: The Golden Age of Baseball Photography

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Vintage original press photo, culled from The Detroit News archives, capturing the 1907 American League champion Detroit Tigers in a traditional team pose. This is a particularly remarkable original early team photo. Nineteen team members are pictured dressed in their home whites as they pose together in front of the dugout, including Ty Cobb, manager Hughie Jennings, Sam Crawford, Wild Bill Donovan, Davy Jones, Ed Killian, George Mullin, and Claude Rossman. Reverse markings feature two date stamps ("August 8 1907" and "Mar 9 1930") and period editorial notations, including many of the players' names. 1907 was Ty Cobb's second full season in the Major Leagues. Although only twenty-one years old, Cobb flashed the brilliance that would distinguish him as one of the game's greatest players. The fabled "Georgia Peach" captured his first of nine consecutive batting titles (.350) and also led the league in RBI (119), hits (212), stolen bases (49), and slugging percentage (.473). Those lofty numbers helped lead the Tigers to their first of three consecutive pennants. Detroit defeated Philadelphia 5-4 at Shibe Park on August 8, 1907, which was the second-to-last game of a successful sixteen-game road trip that saw the Tigers win eleven games. The club began the trip three and a half games behind the first place White Sox, but seventeen days and sixteen games later, they returned home with a half game lead in the American League. Unfortunately, the Tigers were swept by the Cubs in the World Series (one game ended in a tie). The photo (9.5 x 7.75 inches) has a few very minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including extensive editorial notations on the reverse, a few insignificant surface wrinkles and an uneven top border. Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $823

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