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Boasting impressive EX/MT to NM condition with sharp edges and nice studio mounts, these alluring CDVs (approximately 2-1/2" x 4") also feature a variety of period uniforms, balls and bats. Two of the examples depict players in "Artillery School" uniforms (elegant G.W. Davis of Richmond studio imprint on reverse). The other two in the quartet represent players from the Mountain B.B.C. of Altoona (Philip Rupp studio of Altoona) and from the Massachusetts area (N.C. Sanborn studio of Lowell).
As to the background of the "Artillery School" team, the book Baseball and Richmond: A History of the Professional Game, 1884-2000 by Daniel and Mayer describes the Fort Monroe squad as having been at one time Virgina's state champions: "During the 1877 baseball season, six adult teams were active in Richmond and the most prominent team was a newly organized nine named the 'Brown Stockings.' This club contested others in the city such as the Strikers, the Mutuals and the Athletics. They also hosted visiting teams from Washington, D.C., and Fort Monroe. All games were played at the Fair Grounds. The press stated that the Artillery School team from Fort Monroe 'held the championship of the state.' At the game on September 2, the Brown Stockings defeated the Artillery School nine 22 to 20, and the following day the score was Brown Stockings 12, Artillery School 6. By winning these two games, the Richmond Brown Stockings claimed the baseball championship of the state of Virginia."
Circa 1870s-80s Baseball CDVs (4)
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