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    1901 New York Giants Team Cabinet Photograph with Rookie Christy Mathewson. His first steps on a Major League diamond had been unsteady--a 5.08 ERA in thirty-three innings of 1900 action--but the youngster from Bucknell would shine in his official rookie campaign of 1901, pitching thirty-six complete games and winning twenty to lead all members of the Giants rotation. We find that legend on the rise in this extraordinarily rare team photo shot in the opening months of the twentieth century. Matty stands third from the right in the back row here, directly in front of a kneeling George Davis, the star shortstop who would posthumously join Big Six in Cooperstown immortality in 1998.

    The sepia image measures 6x8" and is affixed to a cardboard mount that completes the dimensions at 10x12". You'll note typical corner rounding and an area of surface loss at right edge of the mount, and what appears to be a handwritten notation of some sort at the right edge of the image, though we cannot make it out. The photo bears "Copyright 1901 by Darwin D. Silberer, N.Y." text at lower left of image, and the photographer gorgeously inscribes and signs the back of the mount with a "July 3, 1901" date. A splendid specimen, and the first we've encountered.

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