MastroNet December 2005
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Before professional baseball began in 1869, the Harvard collegiate team was one of the finest nines to play the game. They locked horns with all of the top teams of the day, including the powerhouses from New York. They more than held their own during these years, and were always considered a top-tier squad. Needless to say, they were also the top college team of the day, winning the title in 1868 (and they would go on to win additional titles between 1869 and 1879). During the late 1860's, they battled the Tri-Mountain and Lowell teams, their local nemeses, for the famous silver ball trophy, winning the prize more than their share. The offered photo is of the 1868 Harvard Baseball Nine. It is an instantly recognizable photo that was used in many of the books of the day, including James D'Wolf Lovett's "Old Boston Boys and The Games They Played." All nine players are formally dressed and posed. The 5" x 7-3/4" albumen photo is in spectacular Near Mint condition and has incredible clarity and contrast. The 8" x 10" mount has some corner and edge wear, and a pinhole at the edge of the bottom border. Its blank reverse is clean and it displays very well. This is an extremely rare imperial cabinet photo of one of the top teams of the day—before the advent of the professional game.
Highly Desirable And Historically Significant 1868 Harvard "Nine" Imperial Cabinet Photograph
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