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In '32, the 93-61 Nats were guided to a third-place finish in the American League—behind New York and Philadelphia—by manager Walter Johnson. General Crowder had a heck of year, posting a league-leading 26 victories, and Joe Cronin led AL shortstops in putouts, assists and double plays.
This original team panorama pictures 32 team members and is signed by all but two. The scriptings have been placed in black ink and reflect "5-7" quality. Johnson, who has signed on his own likeness at center, managed the team in 1932 but was fired and replaced at the helm—by Cronin—after the team failed to win the pennant. (In 1933, Cronin and the Nationals did take home the American League pennant, only to lose the World Series in five games against the New York Giants; the squad pictured is essentially the same team as the '33 version.)
Signers include: Ainsmith, Altrock, Berg, Bluege, L. Brown, Burke, Cronin, Crowder, Fischer, Gharitty, Harris, Johnson, Judge, Kerr, Kuhel, Manush, Maple, Marberry, M. Martin, McLeod, Myer, Ragland, Reynolds, Rice, Schacht, Spencer, M. Weaver, West and two others. The 24" x 9" sepia-toned panorama appears to be mounted onto thin cardboard which, in turn, has been mounted within the frame. There is a tiny tear at the top edge near the left, light wrinkling near the left and right edges and additional minor crazing or tiny wrinkles throughout. A half-inch line at the right edge may have been a small tear that has been suppressed through mounting to the cardboard. A few other minor imperfections have also been improved by the mounting. Overall EX appearance. Mounted and framed to 33-1/2" x 18-1/2" total dimensions. LOA from JSA.
1932 Washington Nationals Team Signed Panorama (30 Signatures) Featuring Johnson, Manush, Cronin, Rice and Berg
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