Similar in style to the famed 1903 American League composite display photograph by Carl Horner, this extraordinary photographic composite, produced by the Weasner Photography Studio of Buffalo, N.Y., pictures the managers and players from the eight teams comprising the 1907 Eastern League: Baltimore, Rochester, Buffalo, Newark, Jersey City, Toronto, Montreal, and Providence. Among the managers pictured in the center of their team's respective display are Hugh Duffy for Providence, Joe Kelley for Toronto, and Jack Dunn (who later signed Babe Ruth to his first professional contract) for Providence. A total of 120 different player images are displayed, including many players who had been in the Major Leagues in prior years and were just winding down their careers, and many others who went on to the Major Leagues in future years. Many players in this composite appeared in the T206 tobacco card set. The Eastern League began play in 1892 and remained in existence under that name until 1912, whereupon it became known as the International League. During an era of few Major League teams, the minor-league circuits represented the top level of organized baseball for many areas of the country. The Eastern League was one of the most prestigious minor-league organizations on the East Coast and was at one time presided over by Ed Barrow. This is an extremely substantial and impressive display piece, produced at great cost no doubt, and one that truly reflects the lofty status of the Eastern League at the time. The photo (15.75 x 12.75 inches), which offers flawless contrast, displays a few very light surface wrinkles (only visible when viewed at certain angles) and is in apparent Excellent to Mint condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 25.5 x 22.5 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
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