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Original 20th Anniversary Issued Print from
1932 of the:
1912 American League Champions Boston Red
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This is a vintage / original 1932 print celebrating the 20th
anniversary of the 1912 World Series/American League Champions – Boston Red Sox.
Background on the 1912
The Boston Red Sox beat the New York Giants in the 1912 World
Series, 4 games to 3 (with one tie). This theatrical series featured
fantastic pitching from Giant Christy Mathewson and from Boston fireballer
Smoky Joe Wood. Wood won two of his three starts and pitched in relief in the
final game. In the deciding game, Boston rallied for two runs in the tenth
inning thanks to two costly Giants fielding misplays. This was one of only four
World Series to go to eight games, and the only best-of-seven Series to do so.
While the 1912 Series was extended to eight games due to a tie game being
called on account of darkness, the 1903, 1919, and 1921 World Series were all
best-of-nine affairs that happened to run eight games. Also, it was at Game 4
of this Series that the World Series drew its 1,000,000th fan.
History and Details of the
1912: Following Boston’s big win, a team
panoramic photo was taken at Fenway Park (Inaugural Year of the Park) by the
Glines Panoramic Photo Company located at 523 Washington St., Boston, MA. That
original 1912 print measured at 25½x9.
An illustrated banner reading "1912" and individual portrait
photos of manager Jake Stahl, team captain Heinie Wagner, and team president
James McAleer appear along the top border. Included among the twenty-six team
members pictured were Harry Hooper, Tris Speaker, Joe Wood, Bill Carrigan,
Eddie Cicotte, Duffy Lewis, Jake Stahl, Hugh Bedient, Larry Gardner, and Steve
Yerkes. Each player was identified in print directly below his respective
1962: To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1912 Champion Boston
Red Sox, This print was re-issued and distributed by the Red Sox at a
commemorative event. These particular prints did not show the photographic
credits as the original and the names of the players were positioned
differently under each player. Most importantly, these prints only measured 10½x4½ - less than half the size of the
originals from 1912.
Details of the 1932
Panoramic Print Offered Via This sale:
1932 – The one featured
here for sale today: This
commemorated the 20th Anniversary of the 1912 Champion Boston
Red Sox and was likely the first of the commemorative reissues of this original
print. This particular print does not show the photographic credits as
the original 1912 and the names of the players are also positioned differently
under each player. This print measures 16¼x6½
- larger than the subsequent 1962
version but still smaller than the original from 1912.
This particular piece was placed in
a wooden/glass frame measuring 22½x12½. The back of the frame is covered or
sealed with newspaper from the period. The framed is nailed and the backing is
held with nails as well all from the period. A somewhat primitive process but
all original to the piece and has been undisturbed.
With regard to the newspaper
backing itself, the person who framed this used the front page of The Progress
Index – a Petersburg, Virginia newspaper from Friday, March 4, 1932. The
headline reads “Baby’s Nurse Being Grilled In Kidnaping”. In the lower left
corner are two other related articles entitled “Suspected Kidnapers’ Auto Is
Hunted Here” and “Lindberghs Issue Direct Appeal To baby
Kidnapers”. This of course is all in reference to the Lindbergh Baby
Lindbergh flew The Spirit of St. Louis from New York to France in
1927, completing the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight and he became
America’s most admired hero. On June, 22 1930, the first of the Lindbergh’s six
children, Charles, Jr., was born, dubbed “the Eaglet” by the press. Tragedy
struck on the evening of March 1, 1932 when Betty Gow, Charlie's nurse,
rubbed medication on the baby's chest to relieve congestion. At about 7:30,
Betty and Anne put Charlie Jr. to bed. Betty and the Lindbergh's went on about
their separate chores that night. At 10 p.m., Betty Gow made a horrible
discovery -- baby Charlie was gone. The child was kidnapped from his second-story bedroom. The
kidnapper(s) left a ransom note, the first of many, demanding $50,000. The
Lindbergh’s later paid a ransom to the suspected kidnappers using marked bills
provided by the FBI. However, this it was all to no avail as the corpse of the
child was found on May 12, 1932 just a few miles from the Lindbergh’s Hopewell,
New Jersey Home. The Lindbergh’s eventually donated that home to charity and
moved away. In 1934 ransom monies starting appearing including a $10 gold
certificate used to pay a gas station attendant. That person was Richard
Hauptmann. Hauptmann would later stand trial and be convicted for
the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. On April 3, 1936, Hauptmann
was executed in "Old Smokey", the electric chair at the New Jersey
State Prison. The crime became known as the crime of the century.
To that end, this old newspaper
backing on this frame supports and authenticates the time period of the Boston
Red Sox print being from 1932 not to mention offers another bit of historical
significance. A truly one of a kind piece.
The print/photo itself is a bit worn but still presents quite nicely
considering. The photo is of heavy/thick paper/card stock. It appears this was
kept in a place that was rather warm as there is evidence of some surface
heat/stress marks/creasing. Corners and edges show some creasing and surface
wear and/or damage. Some loose paper on the surface around the edges exists as
well. At the 4 corners, pieces of the border are missing. Otherwise, the piece
is intact and presents well for its age. The newspaper backing shows wear as
well including some tearing around the edges and border. Some of the mounting
nails holding the backing in place protrude through the newspaper at the top of
the frame. The photo is of heavy/thick paper/card stock.
Multiple photos were taken at several positions in order to show or attempt
to show all the aforementioned details and other attributes that this photo has
including those which contain surface glares so you can see the surface of the
photo that reveals some the heat issues mentioned.
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