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For the purpose of encouraging his devoted fans, the moribund Christy Mathewson was featured in this 1922 news photo. It was an upbeat image taken at Saranac Lake, New York – a village in the Adirondacks that served as the country’s Mecca for patients suffering tuberculosis. Matty had been accidentally exposed to poison gas during WWI, and it was here in upstate New York that he hoped to recover. The borderless photograph measures 6-1/4” x 9-3/4”, and it bears the copyright stamp of Wide World Photos on the reverse, where we also find the remains of a newspaper clipping to explain “Christy Mathewson…the peer of baseball slingers…was given some rousing cheers…when he pitched the first ball of a game in Saranac Lake.” And it appears that the feature ran on July 13, 1922. Qualified by a couple creases in the upper corners and several unobtrusive tack holes (after all, the photo was a working model), this piece is technically VG, but the image quality is a strong EX.
1922 Christy Mathewson “Back on the Mound” News Service Photo
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