An absolutely gorgeous original panoramic photograph that was printed in 1913 and presented to first baseman Rube Oldring (standing ninth from the right), making it extra special indeed. This is of terrific quality mounted on an original matte board and is in great condition for its age - EX-MT with great clarity and contrast. The roster names appear below each member of the team and they are: Louis Van Zeit (hunchback mascot), Lavan, Schang, Bush, Shawkey, Davis, Houck, Wyckoff, Orr, Baker, Brown, Plank, Bender, manager Connie Mack, Thomas, Pennock, Strunk, Oldring, E. Murphy, D. Murphy, Walsh, Lapp, McInnis, Barry, Collins and Daley. Each player is dressed in uniform pants, cap, and button-down team jacket with elephants on both breast plates and trunks turned up for good luck. Mack is clad in his dress suit and hat, as was his tradition. On the mount is written in white: "Philadelphia Athletics Champions of the World 1913" as they defeated the New York Giants in five games that fall. Baseball historian Bill James ranked the A's infield as the best of all time in major league history (first baseman Stuffy McInnis, second baseman Eddie Collins, third baseman Frank "Home Run" Baker and shortstop Jack Barry). The photo was taken by Wm. Jennings and marked as such. Measures 46.5" x 15.5" and comes in its original vintage frame.
In Philadelphia, during the dead-ball era, Rube Oldring was a name known by all. He was a star player for the 1911 and 1913 World Champion Philadelphia Athletics. Both of those Championships are represented here in fine splendor. Even though he was never considered for the Baseball Hall of Fame, Oldring was a reliable and gritty player for Connie Mack’s A’s dynasty. After spending 14 years in the major leagues, Rube went on playing for and managing the Wilson team of the Virginia League to a Championship Pennant. Let us not forget that this is a time period when baseball players had to work during the winter months to provide for their families. Rube was no different as he worked long hours to provide and played as hard as humanly possible because he loved the game of baseball. After retirement from the game, he began farming for a living and spent his entire life in his native, Bridgeton, New Jersey. The relics and treasures presented here have remained in the Olding family until this day. This is the first family-authorized sale of any of the Oldring family’s belongings. Each lot will come with a letter from the family.