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Original International Film wire photo is most likely the first ever New York Giants team photo featuring the greatest athlete of the first half of the century - as a rookie. After winning both the pentathlon and the decathlon at the 1912 Olympics, Jim Thorpe was deemed the greatest athlete in the world. Upon returning to America, he was signed for the very next season to play for the Giants. Shown here, standing at the end with teammates, his monstrous figure looms over the rest of his relatively diminutive New York team. Wire photo with original caption on verso: “First group photograph of the players struggling for permanent places in the outfield of the New York National League Baseball Team, taken at spring training camp, at Marlin, Texas, Farrell, Sharman, Cole, Elsh and Thorpe.” Toning mostly to the back, but this great shot exhibits superb contrast with no blemishes. Slightly curled with minor creasing. Otherwise EX.
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