1930 Old Timers' Day Panoramic Photo with Cobb, Speaker, and Collins

Sold For: $1,293

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1719

Item Year: 1930

Category: Internet Only

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Presented is one of the greatest panoramic photos ever taken of Old Timers, and only the second example of this extreme rarity we have ever offered. Boston's great reverence for baseball history has always been unmatched, and this reverence was celebrated with an early Old Timers' game in 1930 featuring one of the most impressive rosters of past stars of the game to ever be assembled in one place. No less than sixteen future Hall of Fame players are pictured here in this stunning panoramic photograph capturing the fifty-five participants in the Boston Braves Old Timers' Day festivities held on September 8, 1930. Among the many notables are Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Eddie Collins, Edd Roush, John Evers, Fred Clarke, Ed Walsh, Billy Hamilton, Hugh Duffy, Cy Young, Roger Bresnahan, Bill Mckechnie, Jimmy Collins, Harry Hooper, Frank Baker, Chief Bender, "Smokey" Joe Wood, Jack Coombs, Candy LaChance, Nick Altrock, Hank Gowdy, and Stuffy McInnis. Many of the players are wearing the uniforms of their former Major League teams, while others are wearing either minor league or college uniforms (probably representing the teams they were currently coaching). The players all appear to be in particularly good spirits, with the exception of Cobb and Evers of course, and the packed grandstand behind them indicates that the fans had not yet forgotten their diamond heroes of yesterday. All of the players are identified along the base of the photo in white lettering. "Old Timers' Day. Braves Field, Boston - Sept 8, 1930" is lettered along the top of the photo. A "Boylston Photo Studios" copyright stamp appears in the upper right corner. It is likely that an original panoramic photograph was sent to each participating player as a special gift of thanks for attending, as has long been the custom at such special events, and that this example almost certainly once belonged to one of the players. The photo (23 x 7.5 inches), which displays outstanding clarity, has a few minor vertical surface wrinkles (most of which can only be observed at certain angles) and is otherwise in overall Excellent to Mint condition. This photo was recently purchased by our consignor at a small Massachusetts country auction and its regional provenance is clearly evident by the fact that the original owner affixed the cut-newspaper box score for each Old Timers' Day team on the front glass. The box score for the Boston Old Timers, located in the lower left, clearly shows that former teammates Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper were still at the top of their game, as each player accounted for three hits in Boston's 8-4 victory over the "All Team" club. Ty Cobb, on the other hand, was held hitless in his three at bats. We emphasize again that the panoramic photo is in outstanding condition, and the newspaper box scores are affixed only to the surface of the glass of the original frame (and are not affixed to the panoramic photo itself). Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,293

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