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These 1920s-era photos of three major leaguers from the time, recall a
league where the spikes-up, kill-or-be-killed style of play ruled the day,
and booze, cigars, gamblers and nightclubs ruled their nights. Benny Kauff,
`the Ty Cobb of the Federal League? played hard, partied harder and ran with
a rough crowd during his time with the New York Giants, which ended July 2
1920 when he was banned for life for his role in a stolen car ring. New York
Giants pitcher Slim Sallee, was a junkballer with great control who writers
said would rather stop playing than stop drinking. Roger Peckinpaugh, was
considered among the best shortstops in the American League with the New
York Yankees and at 23, even managed the club for 14 games in 1914. Photos
are black and white and are G-VG. Kauff?s photo is 6-1/2 X 8-1Z2? and has
some surface scratches. The back includes his last name and stamp by the
photographer, Paul Thompson. The Sallee picture is 8 X 10? with slight
staining and tears at the bottom border. The back of the photo includes his
name and a stamp from the New York Tribune. Peckinpaugh?s photo is 6-1/4 X
8-1/2?. A three-inch section of the lower left corner has been torn away.
The back includes a date stamped Oct. 5, 1921 as well as stamps for the
Philadelphia Inquirer and The Sun and Herald Syndicate.
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