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Encapsulated and assessed "Authentic" by SGC. Rightfully, Harry Wright is often referred to as the "Father of Professional Baseball." Wright was the leader of the 1869 Cincinnati Reds, who are recognized as the first professional baseball team. When the National Association formed in 1871, he took his most talented players to Boston where his team won four straight pennants. He was also integral to the formation of the National League, where he served as its secretary during the initial meetings in 1875 and continued managing the Boston entry through the 1881 season. In 1884, he took over the helm of the Philadelphia Phillies, where he remained until 1893. The offered cabinet card from 1886, which features the Phillies' manager, captures this important historical figure in an attractive formal portrait. The image has an overall EX- to EX/MT-quality presentation. The photo is crisp and clear, but discoloration from adhesive staining can be seen at the top and bottom margins. The mount concedes strips of adhesive staining from period mounting in an album. A pair of penned notations—"Harry Wright" at the top edge on the front and "Manager Wright" (with an additional, faint scripting on the back)—pose little distraction. A nicely visual piece, projecting an apparent Very Good overall appearance.
1886 MacIntire Studio Cabinet Harry Wright, Facing Right - SGC Authentic
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