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Lot # 59: 1902 American League Champion Philadelphia Athletics Team Cabinet feat. Plank, Lajoie, Waddell

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 21 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2023 Fall Classic",
which ran from 10/29/2023 7:00 PM to
11/18/2023 10:00 PM

Presented is a wonderful opportunity to obtain a 1902 cabinet photo of the that season's American League Champions, the Philadelphia Athletics. The 2.25x6.5" black and white photo has 21 individual photos, with Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack in the center. Printing on the photo reads, "The Athletics/Our Champions/1902." On the top of the photo are depicted two white elephants, the ironic symbol of the Athletics selected by Connie Mack as his retort to John McGraw's making fun of the Philadelphia American League team as "white elephants." On the back, written in pencil in an unknown hand, is a list of some of the players in the photo. Some of the players included in the photo: Eddie Plank, a Hall of Fame left-hander who was 20-15 in 1902; Rube Waddell, a southpaw Hall of Fame pitcher who was 24-7, with a 2.05 ERA in '02; Larry "Nap" Lajoie, a Hall of Fame second baseman who played only one game for the Athletics in '02 because of a legal dispute over his contract with the National League's Philadelphia Phillies; Hall of Fame outfielder Elmer Flick, who played in only 11 games that season, batting .297; Socks Seybold, an outfielder who led the Major League in home runs that season, with 16; Harry Davis, Dave Fultz, Lave Cross, Monte Cross; Danny Murphy; Ossee Schrecongost. The "Modern" World Series began in 1903, so in '02, the depicted Philadelphia Athletics did not meet that season's National League Champions, the Pittsburgh Pirates, for the World's Championship. Before the '02 Athletics finished 83-53-1 to win the American League pennant, John McGraw, the manager of the National League's New York Giants, had disparaged the Philadelphia American League team, saying that they would fold because they were financially mismanaged and were "white elephants" on the hands of owner Ben Shibe and Connie Mack. At the victory parade after Philadelphia won the '02 pennant, the Athletics handed out 10,000 tin elephants to fans along the parade route. Although the Athletics moved to Kansas City in 1953, and to Oakland in 1968, the Oakland Athletics still use the white elephant symbol that dates back over 120 years, to the disparaging remarks by McGraw that Connie Mack turned back into a way for his team to snub their nose at McGraw. Considering the over 120 years old age of the offering, the photo is in remarkable condition.

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