1913 World Tour Panorama Including Chase, Mathewson, McGraw, Speaker, and Buck Weaver

Sold For: $4,800

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1582

Item Year: 1913

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rare panoramic photograph capturing the members of the Chicago White Sox and New York Giants as they pose together prior to a game in Oxnard, California, on November 11, 1913, during their celebrated 1913-1914 World Tour. This is one of the most extraordinary dead-ball era baseball panoramas we have ever seen, notable both for the number of baseball luminaries pictured and its remarkable condition. The photo pictures twenty-seven uniformed players posing together in front of home plate, with the filled-to-capacity grandstand forming the backdrop. Each player has been identified by hand in neat, black-ink print below his respective image. The complete lineup of players, left to right is as follows: Ivy Wingo, Jeff Tesreau, Chief Myers, Fred Merkle, Christy Mathewson (who is standing next to his son Christy Jr.), Hans Lobert, John McGraw, Lee Magee, Larry Doyle, Hooks Wiltse, Mike Doolan, Mike Donlin, Fred Sodgrass, Germany Schaefer, Tris Speaker, Reb Russell, Sam Crawford, Jimmy Callahan, Joe Benz, Tom Daly, Walter Leverenz, Morris Rath, Hal Chase, Steve Evans, Buck Weaver, and Red Faber. Also pictured, are umpires Bill Klem and Jack Sheridan, and, in street clothes, Frank Chance and race-card drive Barney Oldfield. The printed caption to the right of the players reads "N.Y. Giants vs Chicago White Sox/Oxnard Cal. Nov. 11th 1913." Written below the caption, in black ink, is the added notation "on Round-World-Tour." The partial credit stamp of the photographer ("Harding/California") is located in the lower right corner. The photo (38 x 8 inches) is in apparent Near Mint condition and has been matted and framed to total dimensions of 44 x 14 inches.

While not as well known today as Spalding's legendary 1888-1889 World Tour, which was extensively covered in a number of early history works, the global navigation made by the New York Giants and Chicago White Sox in 1913/1914 was, by all accounts, equal to its predecessor in every way and much celebrated at the time. The tour actually began on October 18th in Cincinnati and saw the tourists play thirty games in thirty days while traveling west across the United States, including games in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, California, and Oregon. The game in Oxnard, California, was one of the final stops in the United States before the team embarked for Japan for the overseas leg of the trip a week later. Oxnard was a small California town and the reason for the stop there was because it was the hometown of Giants outfielder and tour member Fred Snodgrass, who was presented with a gold watch by the townspeople prior to his first at bat. According to the records, Mathewson and Benz were the starting pitchers for the game, which was won by the Giants by a score of 3-2. Interestingly, Mathewson only played with the Giants for the games in the United State and did not travel overseas for the second leg of the tour. It is also important to note that this game in Oxnard was immortalized by Hans Lobert in Lawrence Ritter's beloved baseball work The Glory of Their Times. Lobert remembers this stop very well because he was forced to race a horse around the bases following the game, an event which he recounts in great detail in the book (Lobert lost by a nose). There are very few surviving mementos from the 1913-1914 World Tour, with this piece representing one of the most significant and desirable items we can recall having seen. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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