1867-68 Cap Anson Notre Dame Juniors Unmounted CdV
Incredible image is the second earliest image of Cap Anson as a baseball player. Anson is with his own team the 1867-68 Notre Dame Juniors, the high school team at Notre Dame University. Anson's father (a ball-player as well) sent him there to study as he was to "mischievous" left to his own devices.
Offered in this auction is the 1866-67 team photo, taken the following year. Interestingly, Anson is a year older, has gone through puberty and has added some heft to his profile and height. His face is still the same but the his distinctive nose and swagger has started to come in. He appears cockier now with his head held back and has moved from the second team (he was in '66-67) to the starting nine as shown in this wonderful image.
This is actually a Carte-de-Viste that was never mounted. Putting this on a vintage photo mount would be amazing. Measuring 2.75x3.5" the starting nine is here with players from the previous year including the "President" of the team "Jno. Flanigen" sitting to the right of the team manager/director Brother Florentius. ["Jno." is short for "Junior" referring to the name of the team "Notre Dame Juniors".
Consistent with many baseball CdV's of the era they are seated at a table, but unusually it is an outdoor shot versus a staged studio pose. Originally mounted on a scrapbook page, this fantastic image is marked "Brother Flosentius + 9 juniors of 67+ 68" most likely by Mark N. Foote in vintage ink. Cap Anson, the greatest and among the most intolerant baseball players of the 19th Century is at top left in all his glory. A find of epic proportions.
Recently discovered in an estate sale in Brookfield, IL, one of the thrilling finds of 2019. The collection of Mark N. Foote, class of 1873 Notre Dame graduate, this includes the earliest known image of Cap Anson in a baseball uniform. Acknowledged as the greatest player of the 19th century, despite his racial intolerance, which led to the color line being established in the 20th century. Anson’s father sent his son Adrian to the high school at Notre Dame in 1866 thru 1888. These pieces are not only valued for the Cap Anson connection but for their historical context for one of America’s great educational institutes.