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    Early 1900's Ed Delahanty Family Photography & Correspondence. The tragic Hall of Famer is pictured three times in the selection of photography deriving from the Delahanty family archives: 1) Circa 1896 tintype picturing family (2.25x3.25"). 2) Circa 1900 cabinet card from Delahanty wedding (4x6"). 3) Real photo postcard of Delahanty with his daughter (3.5x5.5"). Also here are two cabinet photos of Delahanty's widow and a cabinet photo of his daughter. Wedding photo and one of widow exhibit damage but all images still present well. Finally, we have five handwritten letters to Ed's daughter from other members of the Delahanty family, and a small notebook with a single handwritten page (presumably from a family member) detailing the events of Ed's death and the recovery of his body. An intensely personal insight into the Delahanty clan. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


    The Ed Delahanty Collection

    The following five lots derive from the family of Hall of Fame outfielder "Big Ed" Delahanty, one of the most feared sluggers of the turn-of-the-century game. Three times Delahanty finished a Major League season north of the fabled .400 mark, and his .346 career average places him fifth on the all-time leaderboard. He remains the only man in history to hit four inside-the-park home runs in a single contest. But despite the remarkable talent that earned him a 1945 posthumous induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Ed Delahanty's legacy remains the shocking manner of his sudden passing. Ejected from a railroad train just north of the Canada/US border on July 2, 1903 for drunk and disorderly conduct, Delahanty attempted to cross a railroad bridge over the Niagara River on foot only to fall to his death, swept over the famous Falls. The remarkable archive offered within this Signature auction is comprised largely of documents relating to the court case following the tragedy, as well as a selection of mementos from happier times when he was hailed as one of the greatest figures in baseball.



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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    15th-17th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 12
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