1910 "Wee Willie" Keeler Photo

Sold For: $235

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1434

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Original press photo, culled from The Chicago Sun Times archives, capturing Hall of Fame outfielder "Wee Willie" Keeler. The crystal-clear photo, mounted upon a cardboard backing, pictures a side view of Keeler as he poses in a fielding position against the backdrop of either an outfield wall or section of the grandstand. Tremendous background detail. Text embedded in the body of the photo reads "Willie Keeler - from the New York Herald Syndicate." The handwritten notation on the front of the mount reads "Keeler Willie - 1910." This photo pictures Keeler during his final Major League season as a member of the New York Giants in 1910. (Keeler is in uniform, but is wearing a sweater, making it impossible to corroborate his team affiliation here.) On the reverse is an ink stamp that reads "Return this card to library of The Chicago Daily News." One of the greatest players of his era, and one of only twenty players ever to hit over .400 in a season, Keeler was famous for his unique batting philosophy that was predicated on one simple rule: "Hit em where they ain't." Keeler did so successfully for nineteen seasons, finishing his career with 2,932 hits and a .341 lifetime average. The photo (6 x 4 inches) is remarkably free from many of the minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos and aside from its being mounted it remains in Excellent condition overall. This is an exceptional Keeler photo dating from the close of his illustrious career. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $235

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