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Smashing ovals of the members of the 1871 "Stars of the West" B.B.C, the Notre Dame Junior Team. Each of the players are identified below their ovals with printing written into the negative. Their positions are written in pencil most likely by the original owner, Mark N. Foote. Printing is small and sometimes difficult to read, but in center is "Brother Flosentius, Director," as well as second baseman Charles Dodge and team captain Scott Ashton. Anson is not on the team as he was only at Notre Dame from 1866-68.
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.
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