Lot 9: Extraordinary 1912 Boston Red Sox Original Photo Collection (17)

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Extraordinary collection of seventeen original photos, all relating to the 1912 World Championship Boston Red Sox. This historically significant photo archive is unique in that it chronicles the club’s Championship season in a manner that goes far beyond that which one would find in a series of static player images. Offered in this collection, most which date from the 1912 World Series, are on-field ceremonies, images of Boston’s legendary fan base (including one in which throngs of fans escort the players and Boston Mayor John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald (grandfather of President John F. Kennedy) in the victory parade held in their honor the day after winning the 1912 World Series), a rare never-before-seen photo of the club’s 1912 World Series medallion in its original state, a photo of the Giants taking batting practice at Fenway Park before a 1912 World Series game, and three original Van Oeyen photos taken at the 1912 World Series, each of which served as the original plate specimens featured in the 1913 Reach Guide.

1) The supreme highlight of the group is this exceedingly rare, possibly unique, photo (8 x 10 inches) picturing the Boston Red Sox victory parade through the streets of Boston on October 17, 1912, the day after the victorious Boston Red Sox won the 1912 World Series. We have never seen another image of the 1912 Red Sox Championship parade. The photo magnificently captures the chaos in the streets of Boston as the members of the Boston Red Sox make their way by car from Fenway Park to Fanueil Hall, where they were feted by Mayor “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald and the city of Boston. This fantastic image truly captures the moment, as each car is practically swallowed up by a sea of fans straining to see and cheer on their hometown heroes. The cars were fitted with placards featuring  player’s names. Clearly visible in this photo are the first two cars and with close examination you can see four other cars following amongst the crowds of people. The first car carried manager Jake Stahl, Mayor Fitzgerald, Tris Speaker, Joe Wood and Hugh Bedient. Ex, with black paper residue on the reverse from its having once been mounted, and then removed, from an album. Of special note: This extraordinary photograph long ago originated from the personal collection of “Smokey Joe” Wood!

This is how the Boston Herald reported the event (a copy of The October 18, 1912 Boston Herald accompanies):

“Boston’s wonderful baseball organization gathered at the clubhouse at Fenway Park shortly before noon,… …With Heine Wagner as spokesman, President McAleer and Manager Stahl was each presented with a large loving cup with the name of each member of the club inscribed. After the men had received the final payment of their year’s salary they gathered for a picture, after which they jumped into automobiles and proceeded to Park Square. Here the Royal Rooters, with a band escorted the champions along Boylston and Tremont streets, through Scollay square. Cornhill to Dock square. The crowds cheered each player. In the first automobile with Mayor Fitzgerald rode Jake Stahl, Tris Speaker, Joe Wood and Hugh Bedient. From every vantage point people waved flags, cheered and tooted horns. The windows of the buildings along Tremont street were filled with the fair sex. Going into Dock square the procession was forced to halt, so dense was the crowd. On finding it impossible to gain entrance to Faneuil Hall by the entrances, hundreds of young and old men climbed upon the canopy that stretches over the fruit stalls and, raising the windows, jumped into the Cradle of Liberty. Many of the players were forced to ask the aid of the mounted police to make their way to the entrance. Then on reaching the place it was only after great force that they gained the places set aside for them on the platform on full view of the big crowd. Seated in the front row of the platform were the Royal Rooters, headed by Jackie Keenan, “Nuf Ced” McGreevey, Jack Killeen and others. McGreevey, waving a Red Sox banner and singing the new famous war song of the diamond, “Tessie” had walked at the head of the parade. When quiet was restored the ceremonies began. Mayor Fitzgerald presided.”… 

2) Underwood & Underwood news photo (8.75 x 6.5 inches) picturing Hugh Chalmers presenting Tris Speaker with the 1912 Chalmers Award (an actual Chalmers automobile) at a special ceremony prior to Game 3 of the 1912 World Series at Fenway Park on October 10th. Vintage editorial text on the reverse describes the scene. This photo originates from the archives of Baseball Magazine, as noted by the special hologram label affixed to the reverse. Slightly trimmed, otherwise Vg-Ex.

3) Photo (5.5 x 3.25 inches) capturing the New York Giants taking batting practice at Fenway Park prior to a 1912 World Series game. A number of Red Sox players can also be seen warming up on the sidelines. Vg, with a heavy vertical crease just to the right of center and a few additional minor creases

4) Photo (oval in shape, approximately 6 x 4 inches), taken by noted baseball photographer Louis Van Oeyen (credit stamp on reverse), picturing Boston Mayor “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald presenting Red Sox manager Jake Stahl with a new automobile prior to Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park on October 9th. Vintage editorial text on the reverse describes the scene. This photo is the actual plate speciman featured in the 1913 Reach Guide, where it can be seen on page 174. Obviously trimmed to its current dimensions, otherwise Ex-Mt.

5) Photo (4.5 x 3.5 inches), taken by noted baseball photographer Louis Van Oeyen (credit stamp on reverse), picturing the Boston fans in the Fenway Park grandstand prior to Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park on October 9th. Vintage editorial text on the reverse describes the scene. This photo is the actual plate speciman featured in the 1913 Reach Guide, where it can be seen on page 160. Trimmed to its current dimensions, otherwise Ex-Mt.

6) Photo (3.25 x 9 inches) of the 1912 Boston Red Sox World Championship watch fob in its original state as presented to the members of the club following the World Series. The fob is pictured attached to a leather strap, which in turn is attached to a metal clip hook. This rare fob, of which there are only a few examples extant, has never been found with its original leather strap. Prior to the discovery of this photo it was never even known that the fob was presented in this manner. Ideally, the photo originates long ago directly from the jewelry store that manufactured the piece in 1912, which is still in business today as Joyce and Gendreau. The photo (Vg-Ex) is affixed to a vintage  cabinet card style cardboard mount (6 x 12.5 inches; Vg).

7) Small snapshot photo (4.25 x 3.25 inches) picturing Tris Speaker and an unidentified gentleman examining the 1912 Boston Red Sox World Championship watch fob (pictured in the previously listed photo) as they sit on the front steps of a house. Although the photo is small, the clarity is outstanding and one can easily make out the fob, which is attached to a pocket watch, as intended. Ex.

8) News photo (6.5 x 5 inches), taken by noted photographer George Grantham Bain (credit stamp on reverse), picturing a long line of fans outside of the Polo Grounds in New York City as they wait to purchase tickets for the 1912 World Series. Culver proprietary stamps also appear on the reverse, as does the handwritten date “Oct 7 1912″ (which was the date prior to the first game of the 1912 World Series). Trimmed to its current dimensions, otherwise Ex.

9) Photo (8 x 6 inches) picturing Jake Stahl as he poses on field at Fenway Park during the 1912 World Series. The photo is uncredited. Vg, with minor tears along the top border and a tiny corner chip in the lower left.

10) News photo (5 x 7 inches) picturing Joe Wood warming up on the side lines. Not credited, but the printed text on the reverse is dated  “Oct 12, 1912″ and makes note of his two wins in the World Series. Surface paper loss on the reverse as a result of having been removed from an album, plus a chip in the lower right corner and minor creasing. Vg.

11) Photo (10 x 8 inches) picturing Boston Red Sox Red Sox owner James McAleer and Boston Braves owner James Gaffney seated together in an office. While the office is not identified, the words  visible on the office door behind them read “League Base Ball Co.” Not credited. The photo (Nr-Mt) is affixed to a very substantial vintage cabinet card mount (10.5 x 10.25 inches; Ex).

12) Photo (6.5 x 4.5 inches) picturing John Whalen, John Bruce and Garry Herrmann posing together  at the 1912 World Series. The  printed text on the matting reads “John Whalen - Com. Bruce - Garry Hermann/Natl.Comm.)/World Series 1912.” Hermann was the chairman of the National Commission, which was baseball’s ruling body at the time, while Bruce was the Commission’s secretary. Whalen was the treasurer of the New York Giants. In apparent Excellent condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 10 x 9 inches.

13) Photo (oval in shape, approximately 5 x 2.75 inches), taken by noted baseball photographer Louis Van Oeyen (credit stamp on reverse), picturing the fans crowding around the Red Sox bench at Fenway Park following Game 5 of the 1912 World Series at Fenway Park on October 12th. Vintage editorial text on the reverse describes the scene. This very image was used in the 1913 Reach Guide, where it can be seen on page 160.  Obviously trimmed to its current dimensions, Vg, with a few minor creases.

14) News photo (6.25 x 4.25 inches), attributed to George Grantham Bain, picturing the many telegraph operators working at the 1912 World Series. Vintage editorial text on the reverse describes the scene. Both a Culver Pictures stamp and an “Oct 12 1912″ date stamp appear on the reverse. The photo has a tear along the top border that has been repaired with clear tape on the reverse, otherwise, Vg.

15) News photo (10 x 7) picturing the fans at the Polo Grounds during the 1912 World Series. A printed label affixed to the reverse describes the scene. Credit stamp faded beyond legibility. Paper residue on reverse. Ex.

16) News photo (approximately 8.5 x 3.5 inches) picturing composite portraits of the 1912 Red Sox team members within an illustrated pennant. An American Press Association credit stamp and a September 12, 1912 date stamp appear on the reverse. The piece has been heavily trimmed to its current dimensions, with tears and creases. Fr.

17) News photo (8.75 x 5.25 inches) picturing (left to right) Gov. Eugene Foss Massachusetts, Mayor William Gaynor of New York City, and Mayor “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald of Boston (hat in hand greeting the crowds) at the first game of the 1912 World Series in New York, flanked by naval officer Capt. F. K. Hill (Chief of Staff of the US Navy) on left and an unidentified police escort on right. The photo (Vg-Ex) is uncredited and displays heavy editorial shading and outlining of the images. Affixed to a vintage cardboard mount (9 x 7 inches; Vg-Ex). The mount reads “Mayors Gaynor and Fitzgerald at World Series 1912″ along the top border and “Boston vs. New York” along the border. Total: 17 photos. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).

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