May 1911 Baseball Magazine Proof Cover
Only known proof cover for May 1911 issue of Baseball Magazine. Spectacular cover with fans in the trolley on to the ballpark, with Johnny Evers Article below, "How Chance Became A Leader." Blank-backed, it measures 12x9" and is NM. This is a gorgeous color lithograph and with the white matte border is a work of art of far better quality than the final covers off the newsstand. Recently discovered from the hands of Gerrit Beneker (1882-1934), the master illustrator who did covers for a myriad of publications of the early 20th century. He is best known however, for the 30 covers he painted for "Baseball Magazine" during their key formative years of 1911-14. These works defined not only the look and feel of the first ever U.S. baseball monthly magazine, but for baseball illustration art for decades to come.
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