1915 Ty Cobb "Boston Massacre Mob of Fans on Field" Photo

Sold For: $470

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1449

Item Year: 1915

Category: The Golden Age of Baseball Photography

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Vintage photo, culled from The Chicago Sun Times archives, capturing Ty Cobb as he makes his way through a throng of irate fans at Fenway Park in 1915. A newspaper clipping attached to the reverse describes the action: "Almost a Massacre When Red Sox Fans Stormed Field to Mob Ty Cobb - Baseball enthusiasm was at a fever heat at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, on the afternoon of Sept. 16, 1915. The home team, leading the pennant race by two and one-half games, was in a crucial series with the second-place Detroit Tigers. Detroit won 6 to 1, and as Ty Cobb made the last putout deep in centerfield the fans, disgruntled by Boston's defeat, crowded the field trying to mob the 'Georgia Peach.' Pop bottles sailed through the air and Cobb (shown in circle) had to be escorted to the clubhouse by police as the jeering fans surrounded him. At the season's close Boston was still ahead, and Tyrus led the league with a batting average of .370." The date, "2-21-34" is written on he reverse. The photo (10 x 8 inches) has a few very minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including corner chips, a small surface abrasion, and tiny edge tears. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.


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