19 - 20 October 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 13,750
Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 15,000
1887 WHEELING BASE BALL TEAM CABINET PHOTOGRAPH
Original Imperial cabinet photograph of the 1887 Wheeling (West Virginia) Base Ball Club of the Ohio State League featuring Hall of Famer and Negro League pioneer Sol White (1868-1955) as a member of the integrated club. Playing 3rd base for The Green Stockings, White batted an impressive .370 in 1887. The next season, the renamed Tri-State League followed the lead of the major leagues with its own “Gentleman’s Agreement” banning black players from playing on the same field as white ones. Sol White was released and continued his career in the Negro Leagues. A period matting (removable) identifies the team and players, and the card itself is marked Imperial in reference to its size.
9 3/4 x 7 in.
Parsons, Wheeling W.V.
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