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    1909 Pittsburgh Pirates Panoramic Photograph from The Paddy O'Connor Collection. It's an image which may be familiar to some collectors, though the same could not be said of the format. This marvelous shot of the 1909 World Champions was reproduced on paper for several varieties of supplements originally issued with periodicals of the day, but the hobby always wondered when (and if) an original photograph might surface. Heritage Auctions is pleased to report that the wait has ended.

    This flawlessly preserved specimen derives from the personal collection of back-up catcher Paddy O'Connor, who stands fifth from left with his teammates before a darkened vista of the newly constructed Forbes Field grandstand. The lower central caption, "Pittsburgh Base Ball Club, National League Champions 1909," and the photographer's marking "R.W. Johnston Studios of Pittsburgh Sep-1909," would indicate that this image was captured very shortly before the historic clash of Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb in the 1909 World Series.

    We find the Old Dutchman standing third from right, joined by fellow future Hall of Famers Fred Clarke at far right and Vic Willis at dead center of the line-up. The image measures 9x31", housed in its original frame bearing an ancient label from a framing shop in Springfield, MA, the town where O'Connor is buried. The entirety of condition flaws is represented by a half-inch indentation at Dots Miller's wrist, an issue which falls well clear of derailing our NRMT-MT+ rating.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2011
    4th Thursday
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