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    Six feet wide!!

    1910 Boston Doves (Braves) vs. New York Giants Opening Day Massive Panoramic Photograph. Truly enormous panoramic photograph is one of the most impressive to emerge from baseball's Dead Ball Era, the full roster of each time lined up along with the Boston American Cadet marching band in an image that stretches the tape measure to an outlandish seventy-two inches (72") in width, and ten inches (10") in height. The hometown Doves, soon to adopt the Braves moniker that follows the franchise to this day, claimed this April 14, 1910 Opening Day contest in an eleventh inning walk-off at Boston's South End Grounds, though they'd only win fifty-two more over the course of the season, finishing dead last in the National League.

    Their opponents, however, would finish second to a red-hot Chicago Cubs in the Senior Circuit pennant race, and an examination of the roster tells us why they were the most dominant franchise of the new decade they enter in this photograph. Hall of Fame manager stands second from left, and the immortal Christy Mathewson is nineteenth. Fred Snodgrass, who led the team with a .321 batting average in 1910, is eleventh.

    Those knowledgeable in vintage photography know that photos of this size were extraordinarily expensive to produce and thus created only for very special occasions and people--it's a virtual certainty that the original owner of this masterpiece was a team member or owner. Only a hard vertical crease at center and a semicircular tear that runs through the knees of the middle of the Boston side interferes with what is otherwise a virtually pristine display. We advise interested bidders to closely examine our large digital images at our online listing for the clearest view. Certainly these relatively minor faults must be forgiven in light of the tremendous size, rarity and desirability of this majestic relic. Framed dimensions are 12x73".


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