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Circa 1908 "Union Printers Baseball League" 11x14 Photo of Annual Gathering

Lot Number 631

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In their book Baseball: The People's Game, authors Dorothy Seymour Mills and Harold Seymour write, "No union sponsored more enthusiastic ball play than the newspaper typographers’ union, which in 1906 formed a league called the Union Printers’ International Baseball Federation. That year the typographers’ Boston Globe squad traveled to New York to play the team of the New York American, but lost. In 1907 the Boston players invited the New Yorkers to New England, where the winner of the New York Morning Newspaper League defeated the Boston team and carried home a trophy donated by John I. Taylor, owner of the local American League club. Then in 1908 the typographers took the next step, putting together an eight-club league—Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, Cincinnati, St. Louis, New York Chicago and Pittsburgh——and planning to meet early in alternate cities for a week-long tournament. Boston took the 1908 championship at New York. Then Garry Herrmann, himself a former typographer, offered a trophy to the next winner. New York won it in 1909 at Chicago and Washington, and Chicago took it in 1911 at St. Louis."


Here, most of the participants hold team pennants and some also wear uniforms. The 14-1/2 x 11" photo (apparent EX with nice silver-halide accents and excellent image clarity) is adhered to a 16x13 mount (also apparent EX) within the original 20x17 wooden frame (weathered surface in some areas).


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