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    Cap Anson Original Oil Painting. Anson was regarded as one of the greatest players of his era and one of the first superstars of the game. Anson spent most of his career with the Chicago Cubs franchise (then known as the "White Stockings" and later the "Colts"), serving as the club's manager, first baseman and minority owner. He led the team to five National League pennants in the 1880's. Anson was one of baseball's first great hitters, and the first to tally over 3,000 career hits. On August 10, 1883 he refused to play an exhibition game against the Toledo Blue Stockings because their catcher, Moses Fleetwood Walker, was African American. Unfortunately this was a common stance for white Americans at the time. Artist Grant Smith delves into the subject of Anson and race in this 20"x 20" original oil painting. Anson eyes are peering to the right as an ominous tree almost taps him on the shoulder, and crows fly towards him in the distance. The water behind him symbolizes the barrier of race in professional baseball. The crows symbolize Jim Crow laws and the dying tree a symbol of the unjust lynching's taking place in the country at the time.



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