Lot 314. 2 Vintage, Original Wire Photos of Honus Wagner. A May 4, 1933 Associated Press photo shows Wagner with Jack Dempsey and another individual at “Honus Wagner Day” held by the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Wagner retired in 1917 and then returned to Major League Baseball in 1933 as a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates, largely because of the financial effects of the Depression. The photo is from the archives of “The Evening Bulletin,” possibly the Philadelphia newspaper. It has the stamps of both the newspaper and AP on the back, the date, and a clipping from the paper. With the left and right border removed, the photo measures 7” x 8” and is ex+ with a light “x” in the top border. In a March 23, 1951 Central Press Association 8” x 10” photo, Wagner visits his daughter Betty and his newborn granddaughter, Leslie Ann Blair, at a hospital. The photo exhibits significant emulsion cracking. Vg.
Winning Bid $30
Lot 338. 5 1920s-40s Sports News Posters – Landis, the Waners, the 1930 Cubs, Etc. “Illustrated Current News” issued two 12.5” x 19” posters. One dated Dec. 27, 1926 shows Judge Landis after he signed a contract to serve as Baseball Commissioner for seven more years. With him are N.L. President J. A. Heydler, N.L. President Ban Johnson and Garry Hermann, Cincinnati Reds President. Folded twice for mailing, edge tear along each fold, vg+ appearance. The second poster has two photos, one of Paul and Lloyd Waner, and the other, Brooklyn manger Wilbert Robinson with Dazzy Vance. All four are in the Hall of Fame. Folded twice for mailing, tears extending up two 2” along three folds, no significant creases. The 1930 Cubs team is the subject of a Sept. 3, 1930 poster from “Pictorial News of the Day.” These Cubs were in contention for the N.L. title; they finished second. The players are identified, including Cuyler, Root, Bush, Hartnett, Schalk, Wilson, Hornsby and Grimm. Joe McCarthy is present as the manager. Three punch holes at the top, clipped upper right corner, edged tears and chips that do not affect the photo or caption. “International Events” is the source of a 1940 and 1941 poster, each 11” x 16.5”. The March 5, 1940 edition has Connie Mack addressing his players at spring training. Vg. In the May 21, 1941 issue, Lord Halifax of England attends a baseball game with William Harridge, the A.L. president. Vg+.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 339. 1950 Indians and 1949 PCL Padres Team Photos and 4 Newspaper Promotional Posters. The two team photos are each 11” x 17.5” and f with edge tears and multiple creases. The Indians’ photo includes Larry Doby, Luke Easter, Lou Boudreau, Al Rosen, Joe Gordon, Early Wynn, Mike Garcia, Bob Lemon and Bob Feller. Rosen and Minnie Minoso are in the back row of the Pacific Coast League San Diego Padres’ photo. The 11” x 17” newspaper point-of-purchase posters promote “News American” coverage of the 1985 Baltimore Orioles (2), ex and vg+; “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette” reporting on the late 1980s Pirates, f; and “The Sun” on the 1993 All-Star Game in Baltimore, vg-ex.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 340. 11 1938-54 Chicago Cubs Wire or News Photos – 1 World Series - Plus 1 from 1965. Among the stars of these photos are Mickey Owen, Stan Hack, Bill Dickey, Ralph Kiner and Bobby Thomson. The World Series photo, from Game 1 in 1938, has the Cubs’ Hack charging toward home and the Yankees’ Dickey, who is about to receive the ball. The 6.5” x 8” photo is from the files of the “Chicago Herald and Examiner.” Ex-m. Seven Associated Press wire photos are for 1949 games with Pittsburgh (3), Cincinnati (2) and New York (2). In one of the Pittsburgh photos, the Pirates’ Pete Castiglione discusses as triple play with umpires as Cubs’ manager Frankie Frisch looks on. Vg-ex. The two others show Pirates sliding into Owen. Vg+ to ex and ex. In one of the two photos with the Reds, Owen slides into Cincinnati’s Bobby Adams. Ex. In the other, umpires clear the Chicago bench after an argument. Vg+. These five photos, including captions, are 8” x 10” glossies. Captions are separate for two 7” x 9” photos that capture action between the Cubs and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. New York’s Ray Mueller tags out the Cubs’ Andy Pafko in one; vg-ex. In another, Thomson is out sliding into Pafko, who was playing third base. Vg with a ¾” edge tear away from the image area. Three 8” x 10” photos are from 1954. Chicago’s Hal Jeffcoat, a major league outfielder for six seasons, takes his turn on the mound in a spring training game with Baltimore. In six additional seasons, Jeffcoat won 39 games as a pitcher. Ex-m. Cubs outfielder Ralph Kiner is safe at home in a game in New York. Ex-m+. Hank Sauer of the Cubs was less successful in a game against Pittsburgh. Ex-m+. In the 1965 photo, St. Louis shortstop Dick Groat is forced at second by Glenn Beckert. Vg.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 341. Associated Press Original Wire Photo of the 1946 A.L. Champion Boston Red Sox. Dated Sept. 21, the b&w photo measures 9.5” x 15.75”, including the caption, which lists everyone in the photo. Among the players are Ted Williams, Bob Doerr, Johnny Pesky, Mace Brown, Dom DiMaggio and Joe Cronin, the manager. The borderless photo has a ½” edge tear in the upper left, multiple light creases and light emulsion cracking. It’s a very displayable photo in an unusual size for AP.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 342. “Illustrated Current News” Posters of 2 1950s World Champion NY Baseball Teams. The posters have photos of the 1953 New York Yankees as American League Champions and the 1954 New York Giants as N.L. Pennant winners. Both teams went on to win the World Series. Player for both teams are identified on the 12 3/8” x 19” posters, which are f-g and display well. N.L. MVP Willie Mays is shown with the Giants.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 343. Walter Johnson 8” x 10” B&W Photo from a Testimonial Dinner. The Big Train wears a tuxedo while seated at a table with others. The photo was taken at a testimonial dinner held in Johnson’s honor on Dec. 1, 1932 at the Shoreham Hotel in Washington. The print is nm and appears to be from the 1960s or earlier.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 344. 1969 AP Wire Photos of Orioles or Twins Celebrating American League Championships. The 1969 season marked the beginning of division competition in the majors. One photo shows Baltimore manager Earl Weaver enjoying some champagne after the Orioles captured the A.L. Eastern Division title. Another shows a celebration in the Minnesota Twins’ locker room after they won the Western Division. Frank Quilici and coach Vern Morgan are among the Twins pictured. In the third photo, the Orioles’ Mark Belanger, Elrod Hendricks and Pete Richert joke and enjoy champagne after their team swept the Twins in the first American League Championship playoff. Each about 7” x 8”, the photos were transmitted electronically to a newspaper, where they were printed on photographic paper. They average vg with decent contrast and tape stains around the edges, primarily in the borders or on the captions. One photo has surgical tape along the left and right edge, and the caption is missing. These three photos are historically interesting because of the first ALCS. In addition, Weaver in his first season as Baltimore’s manager, won the first of four A.L. pennants.
Minimum Bid $10
Lot 345. Nebraska Indians and All Nations Team Photos and 2 More Early 1900s Baseball Prints. All four photos are 16” x 20” sepia or b&w silver gelatin prints produced relatively recently from vintage negatives. Sixteen members of the Nebraska Indians are the subjects of a sepia photo from an original negative. It appears that team members slept in tents. The Indians were the most famous of the barnstorming Native American baseball teams. The All Nations Base Ball Club is shown in a print made from a poster or newspaper article. The All Nations team barnstormed the Midwest from 1912-18. African Americans, Native Americans, Latin Americans and U.S.-born white players made up the team. Vintage equipment is pictured in a sepia photo of the ISDC or ISDCO baseball team of Easton, PA. The fourth photo, also sepia, captures three windows of a sporting goods store observing “National Base Ball Week April 7-14, 1930.” Two windows have what appears to be a Babe Ruth display, and gloves, bats and other baseball equipment are present. The photos average nm.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 348. Kiki Cuyler Reproduction of a Vintage 11” x 14” B&W Photo. The Hall of Fame outfielder, a career .321 hitter, is in a batting stance in this photo, which is matted and framed 14.5” x 18”. Cuyler is shown with the Chicago Cubs, the team he represented for 7 ½ of his 18 major league seasons. A Rochester restaurant and bar with a sports theme displayed this ex-m photo for several decades.
Winning Bid $5
Lot 349. Gabby Hartnett Reproduction 11” x 14” B&W Photo. Like Mickey Cochrane and Bill Dickey, Hartnett was a catcher who could hit with power. At his retirement in 1941, he was only catcher to hit 200 home runs and drive in 1,000 runs. Excellent defensively, he played for the Chicago Cubs for 19 seasons, including three a player-manager. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1955. Nm photo hung decades ago in a Rochester restaurant and bar. Two holes were drilled in the frame for hanging the photo.
Minimum Bid $5
Lot 350. Reproduction Photo of Chicago Cubs Outfielder Peanuts Lowry. In 1945, Lowry helped the Cubs to win the N.L. pennant and then contributed a .310 batting average to their unsuccessful attempt to capture their first World Championship in 37 seasons. The 11” x 14” nm b&w photo is matted and framed to 16.75” x 19.75”. The frame has two holes drilled for hanging the photo, which is from a Rochester restaurant and bar that welcomed patrons for decades with its display of sports photos and reproductions of vintage advertising.
Minimum Bid $5
Lot 351. Modern Silver Print of Mays, Musial and Other Hall of Fame Members. Produced from an original 1950s negative, this nm+ 16” x 20” b&w print shows National League President Warren Giles, Brooklyn Dodgers manager Walt Alston and Ken Boyer and Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals and Willie Mays of the New York Giants.
Winning Bid $20