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Please note: The photo originally identified as Frank Chance (due to an errant vintage pencil notation) is actually Larry Cheney.
1920 was already the Cubs' 44th season in the major leagues. By contrast, 2014 is the 38th season of the Mariners and Blue Jays, so, yes, the Chicago Cubs have a long and illustrious history. Cubs teams in the 1910s had winning records in seven of those ten years and notched two National League championships, but no World Series victories. Still, the club boasted several all-time great Hall of Famers and a whole lot of colorful characters. All of the vintage photos in this lot pre-date 1920 and include many little-seen subjects. All of the photos in this lot have a hologram sticker on the back certifying that they were originally offered to the public in the historic 1996 sale of The Sporting News photo archives. Includes manager Fred Mitchell at Pasadena spring training, another Mitchell (whose last season at the helm was 1920), Pete Kilduff (with Cubs from 1917-1919), owner Charles Weeghman (who sold the club to Wrigley in 1918), 1917 Pete Kilduff, Fred Merkle (with Cubs 1917-1920), another Merkle, another Weeghman, 1918-19 outfield of Max Flack, Dode Paskert, Leslie Mann, 1917 Pickles Dilhoefer, manager Mitchell and owner Weeghman, an incredible Opening Day team parade photo, Glenn Russell, Frank Schulte, Vic Saier, Rex Dawson, Charles Deal, Jimmy Johnston, 1918 Charles Hollocher, 1918 Phil Douglas, two more Hollocher, another Douglas, George Stovall, James Sheckard, Buck Herzog, Turner Barber (two), Rollie Zeider, Nick Carter (two), Harry Weaver, George Tyler, Larry Cheney, Eugene Packard, Claude Hendrix, William Fischer, William Wortman (two), Fred Williams, Frank Schulte, Charles Deal, Vic Saier, Joseph Kelly, Charlie Pick, Tommy Clarke and one other. Varying sizes though average is about 7" x 9" and better-than might be expected condition on such fragile nearly-100-year-old items.