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Rare & Impressive 1898 Dayton Baseball Club Team Photograph 
Lot Number 4
Quantity: Bid Started: 02/27/2006 00:30:00 
Bid Open: 250.00  Bid Ends: 03/15/2006 23:30:00 
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Most cinephiles will recall the movie scene at the beginning of the classic Dead Poet’s Society when professor John Keating, played by actor Robin Williams, walked his students through the halls past the group of team photographs that were enshrined at the school and said "Now I would like you to step forward over here and peruse some of the faces from the past. You've walked past them many times. I don't think you've really looked at them. They're not that different from you, are they? … Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they're destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Hear it? Carpe. Carpe Diem. Seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary." It is that conviction that is present in the offered 1898 Dayton Baseball Team photograph. The image is as haunting as it is surreal; the clarity and focus is immaculate. These young men have the look of hope and desire in their eyes and it is electric. The Dayton Old Soldiers, as they were known, entered the Interstate League in 1897 and made fast work of the competition by wresting the championship crown the following season and why not, the team was stacked with major league veterans. The roundball talent was apparent for the top with team president Harry Youngman (1890, Pittsburgh), pitchers Charles Edward Brown (1897, Cleveland), Creed Frank Bates (1898-1899, Cleveland and St Louis), Oscar Streit (1899-1902, Boston and Cleveland), catcher Jiggs Donahue (1900-1909, Pittsburgh and Chicago White Sox), outfielder Fred Frank (1898, Cleveland) and second baseman Harry Truby (1895-96, Chicago and Pittsburgh). The photo (16” x 13”) is affixed to a cardboard mount that identifies each player by both name and position. Embossed in the lower left portion of this impressive artifact is the name of the photography studio, “Grossman Photo.” Poised against the Turkish backdrop and Persian rug, the men are grouped together with their period uniforms and equipment. The image itself is in remarkable condition exhibiting light chafing along the right edge and lower right corner. There are several light abrasions on the surface of the picture that remain inconspicuous except under scrutiny. The mount has been trimmed from the original issued size to fit the 27 “ x 24” antique frame without affecting the photograph itself. The image’s size is spectacular considering that most identifiable team photographs are considerably smaller in both size and stature. The identifying marks are printed in black ink neatly and judiciously while the cardboard back has begun to tone. A rare and significant photograph of the Dayton Old Soldiers that may have no peers. 
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