1916 Boston Red Sox Team-Cabinet Photo with Babe Ruth

Sold For: $12,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1854

Item Year: 1912

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Extraordinary cabinet card-style display photograph, with original decorative mount, capturing the 1916 World Champion Boston Red Sox in a classic team pose. This is one of only several known examples of this particular photo, which is sometimes found with a Stagg Sweaters advertising mount. (This identical image is featured in a Stagg Sweater advertisement on the back cover of the Red Sox’s 1916 World Series program.) Included in the mounted photograph are Hall of Famers Babe Ruth (seated in the center of the first row), Harry Hooper, and Herb Pennock. “Red Sox” is printed along the top border of the mount. The lower border is lettered “World Series – 1916,” below which is a listing of the players pictured. 1916 marked Babe Ruth’s second full season in the Major Leagues. He made his first career World Series start that fall and it was certainly a memorable one. Ruth set a record for most innings pitched in a single World Series game when he went the distance in a 2-1 fourteen-inning victory over the Brooklyn Robins in Game 2. The photograph (6.75 x 4.75 inches), which offers exceptional clarity, displays minor border wear and is in Excellent to Mint condition overall. (The photo has slightly disengaged from the mount along the edges but appears to be firmly adhered.) The mount (10.5 x 8.5 inches; visible dimensions) displays a small .75-inch tear along the left border, a few small, light stains in the lower left corner, and a few tiny pinholes along the top. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 16.25 x 14.25 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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