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    1915 Pittsburgh Rebels (Federal League) Cabinet Photograph. The rogue Federal League lasted just two years before its declaration of bankruptcy, but the repercussions resonated far beyond, ever so slightly loosening the death grip management had maintained over labor. One of many American and National Leaguers to jump ship to the Feds was Paddy O'Connor, who is pictured with his fittingly named Rebels teammates, and from whose collection this image derives. The sepia-toned 7x9" photo is affixed to a 10x12" cardboard mount advertising an Indiana health resort where the team apparently trained for some period of time. The bulk of the wear is confined to the mount, leaving the central focus of the image unmolested. This is the first example of this image we've ever seen, and given the intense rarity of any Federal League memorabilia, we wouldn't be surprised if it's the last as well.

    The Paddy O'Connor Collection.

    This is one of sixteen lots deriving from the personal collection of Paddy O'Connor, a native of County Kerry, Ireland who quickly discovered an aptitude for our National Pastime upon his immigration to the States. O'Connor's baseball career included brief terms in the American, National and Federal Leagues, and most notably membership with the World Championship 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates. The material offered here is consigned directly by the O'Connor family.


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    November, 2011
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