1921 Cleveland Old Timers Baseball Team Panorama
Stunning assemblage of Major League talent took place at Dunn Field for the 125th Anniversary of the City of Cleveland. Brilliant legend at top in white reads: "Old Timers Baseball Team...Cleveland Ohio's 125th Anniversary...Dunn Field, July 29, 1921, Old Timers 11 - Former Amateurs 8." The lineup of this celebration includes (l to r): H. Berger jr., Mascot; H. Berger, P.; J. Seward, P.; E. Kemper, SS; F. Knauss, P; C. Hickman, 1B.; Rosenbach, C; B. Bradley, 3B.; J. Burkett, LF; Chief Zimmer, C; N. Ball, SS; J. Streif, Coach; Cy Young, P; T. Hendricks, Manager; L. Lajoie, 2B.; N. Altrock, P; L. Twitchell, LF; H. Bay, CF; E. Flick, RF; P. Congalton, RF; Terry Turner, SS; Harris, RF; P. Livingston, C; E. Moore, P; O. Pickering, CF; F. Gatch, C; Red Nelson, P; and Chief Zimmer Jr., mascot. Notables are of course HOFers Jesse Burkett, Elmer Flick and Napoleon Lajoie as well as many other great stars. The appearance of the son of one of the greatest Jewish baseballers of all is "Chief Zimmer Jr." as "mascot" is notable. We doubt that Charles Louis Zimmer named the boy "Chief" officially but it is all good in the game of of ball. Most interesting is the appearance of Cy Young, who came out of retirement at age 54 to pitch a pair. He is a bit chunky, as are many of his brethren, but that did not stop him. Measuring 35.5x15.75" overall, this is a nice Type I photo in original frame. There is some discoloration where the photo has been restored in a spot under three players. The unique sepia tone and brilliant contrast is reminiscent of the iconic Cleveland photographer Louis Van Oeyen, who was in the same league as GG Bain, Charles Conlon and George Burke. Bottom right cartouche reads, "F. A. Flowers - National Press Photographic Service," which was of course a syndicate utilizing a variety of stringer photographers. We believe there is an excellent chance that this was taken and printed by Louis Van Oeyen himself for this larger studio. It is simply too close to his work. So far we know of only four specimens of this historic image with one in the Library of Congress and this one being the finest known example of those in private hands.