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    1886 Tomlinson Studios Ned Hanlon Cabinet Photo. Hanlon had a solid 14-year playing career but he redefined the managerial sciences and mentored future Hall of Fame managers Wilbert Robinson, John McGraw and Hughie Jennings. He took his squads (Brooklyn or Baltimore) to five NL pennants in seven years from 1894-1900. After his baseball career, Hanlon went to work as Parks Commissioner for the City of Baltimore. A true pioneer of the game, Hanlon is the inspiration behind the hit-and-run, the squeeze play, the delayed steal and a formal pitching rotation. As a member of the National League rules committee, it was "Foxy Ned" who was instrumental in establishing the infield fly rule and spring training. He even inspired the Pittsburgh Alleghenys to change their name to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1891.

    Offered is a very rare 1886 Tomlinson Studios cabinet card of Hanlon in a full-figure batting pose surrounded by an outdoor scene of flowers and trees. A newspaper account confirms the photo session happened in April of 1886. This format matches an 1886 Wolverines team photo also produced by Tomlinson. This piece pre-dates the N172 Old Judge series making this his rookie debut. The presented 6-3/8" x 4-1/4" cabinet has a mount that shows some minor soiling and slight surface loss seen at two reverse corners. The photo has only superficial surface wear. The portrait is exceptional with a full range of tones and fine details.

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