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One of the finest assemblages in baseball history. Pictured are all who participated in the 1911 Addie Joss Benefit at Cleveland’s League Park. The event was in memoriam of Addie Joss, the crowd favorite whose career was tragically cut short by his April 1911 death from meningitis. The most noteworthy benefit game in baseball history, the proceeds from this game went to his wife and family. This July 24, 1911 event is also considered one of the first (if not the first) Major League Baseball All Star Games. All of the top stars of this generation participated in this event and received one of these photographs. Few have survived. Pictured in this shattering lineup are such legends as Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins, Joe Wood, and many more. Note: Ty Cobb dons a Cleveland uniform for this sitting (actually this “standing”). He had forgotten his Tigers uniform and a Clevelander was “pressed” into action. Condition: This unique specimen is unlike any other we have seen in the past. At the bottom white margin is hand drawn professional “colored” calligraphy with the legend “Joss Day July 24 - 1911”. There are some vertical creases that have been professionally and brilliantly restored. Only one of them travels the full vertical length. There are several smaller vertical creases that are only visible upon close inspection. The piece has a beautiful overall look. Contrast-wise this is the best specimen we have ever seen. This is truly a first generation vintage image that lives as a daily witness to one of the greatest baseball assemblages in history.
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