Talk about a brain trust. The greatest minds of turn-of-the-century baseball convened in Baltimore, posing for this rather extraordinary studio shot by local photographer John Betz, Jr. To the best of our knowledge, there are only three surviving examples, with the other two respectively being housed in the Boston Public Library and pictured in Rich Blevins' 2014 biography of Cleveland Spiders player Ed McKean. It's hard to imagine either of those being finer than this gem, with the 23-1/2 x 19-1/2" visible dimensions showing an incredible level of preservation (apparent EX-MT) and the finest possible image quality. The marquee names are Giants/Reds owner John T. Brush, Orioles Hall of Fame manager Ned Hanlon, Browns owner Chris Von Der Ahe, Spiders owners Frank/Stanley Robison, N.L. President Nicholas Young, and Louisville Colonels president Harry Pulliam (the future N.L. President who died by suicide in 1909). Also featured are Becker, Abell, Von der Horst, Hart, (J.W.) Spalding, (J.E.) Wagner, Stucky, Rogers and Byrne. Framed to measure 22x26.
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