1902 American League Champions Photograph
When my aunt unfortunately had to go into a nursing home and we cleaned out everything, this was one of many items in her garage, and we kept it. I don't know exactly how my aunt and uncle got it. I know it wasn't hanging in their house, but they did operate a pool hall on the town square in a little town in Indiana. So I feel sure that it came out of the poolroom because there were a lot of things hanging in there.
The American League was founded in 1901, and in 1902, this was the championship team, the Philadelphia A's. So Horner did a composite photo of the team. And he was well-known for this. This is Connie Mack. Connie Mack managed the A's for 50 years, 1901 to 1950. He retired after the 1950 season at 87.
Oh, my goodness.
And one reason why this team was so successful is this Hall of Famer right here, that's Eddie Plank. And Eddie Plank was the first great left-handed Major League pitcher, the first to win 300 games. And he played for Connie Mack from 1901 to 1914. So this is a great team, and it's a very rare photo. I've only been able to find one other, and it actually came from Eddie Plank's estate.
This one I'd put an auction estimate of about $10,000 to $15,000 on it.
Well, that's great. That's amazing.
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