1914 "Rabbit" Maranville Photo by Charles Conlon

Sold For: $588

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1446

Item Year: 1912

Category: The Golden Age of Baseball Photography

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Original Charles Conlon press photo, culled from The Chicago Sun Times archives, capturing Hall of Fame shortstop "Rabbit" Maranville as a member of the 1914 "Miracle" Braves. Maranville is pictured at the plate during what appears to be pregame batting practice, but it might actually capture game-action, given the packed grandstands in the background and the absence of a batting cage. Reverse markings include Conlon's "Evening Telegram" credit stamp, a "Sep 29 1914" date stamp, a New York Herald credit stamp ("The N. Y. H. Service"), and editorial notations. Maranville was in just his second full season in 1914. Although he batted just .246 with 4 home runs and 78 RBI in 1914, Maranville's defensive play was so extraordinary that he finished second in the balloting for the Chalmer's Award (the forerunner to the modern MVP Award) behind teammate Johnny Evers. 1914 marked an extraordinary season for the Braves, which saw the club battle back from a fifteen-game deficit in July to eventually win the pennant by ten games over the Giants. They then went on to sweep Connie Mack's powerful Philadelphia A's in the World Series to capture the club's first World Championship of the modern era. The photo (6.5 x 8.5 inches) has a few very minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including a small corner chip in the lower left, and minor edge tears. In Very Good condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.


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