Classic June 2008
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A serviceable backstop for the Cincinnati Reds, Willard Hershberger could hit, field and give the signals with the best of them. Personal demons, however, Hershberger could not quell and, following a disheartening loss to the Boston Braves during the stretch run of the 1940 campaign, the catcher took full blame—and subsequently, his own life—that night in the team hotel. Here offered is an original photograph of the tragically felled catcher. This 8" x 10" black-and-white photo reveals a close-up of Hershberger, his smiling face hardly the indication of a troubled individual. Surrounded by a thin white border, the item shows EX/MT quality, retaining its glossy finish in spite of some insignificant surface marks. The reverse shows remnants of a photo album page to which the photo was once adhered. This rare depiction hails from the collection of Hall of Fame Reds skipper Bill McKechnie, and is accompanied by an LOA signed by his grandson.
Willard Hershberger Original Photograph from the Bill McKechnie Collection
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