Circa 1913 Christy Mathewson Wire Photograph. Perhaps it should have been called "The Dirty Ball Era," rather than "The Dead Ball Era," as the horsehide sphere that the Giants superstar pitcher pinches between his fingers is brown as tobacco spit. Matty is pictured warming up on an apparent chilly day before a see of dark-coated bodies in the Polo Grounds grandstands, with a misspelled caption at the head of this small but powerful 3.5x5" image. Stamping on verso attributes this shot to the famed "Culver Pictures," with "Feb. 26, 1914" date stamp faintly apparent, though clearly this must mean that the actually photograph was snapped at an earlier time. A minor chip of the border at the upper right is the most noteworthy condition issue, leaving the bulk of the image to present as NRMT.

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