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Absolutely stunning photo of White Sox Hall of Fame pitcher Ed Walsh, wearing his 1906 championship medallion on his lapel.  The oversized photo, taken by noted photographer Charles Wallinger, is simply gorgeous, measuring approximately 13 3/4 x 18 1/2", and comes with the studio's original protective wax paper and oversized Walinger Studios protective sheath.

Walsh, holder of the record for best career ERA (1.82, a record that may never be touched), was part of a dominant 1906 White Sox pitching staff that produced a 93-58 record, and took the World Series against the crosstown Cubs in six games.  Walsh won two games in the Series, throwing 15 innings with a 0.60 ERA.  Just two years later, Walsh would win a staggering 40 games, almost half his team's total for the season (in a staggering 464 innings pitched).  After several years of dominance, arm troubles began to take their toll as a result of overuse, and Walsh's career was over by 1917.  

One of the most beloved figures in White Sox history, and one of the game's most dominant pitchers, "Big Ed" is represented here wearing his 1906 championship medallion.  The medallion is interesting in and of itself, having been the subject of a November, 1906 Sporting Life article entitled Sox's Selection.  They Have Asked For Elaborate Watch Chains.  A similar medallion as presented to White Sox pitcher Nick Altrock was part of the Baseball Hall of Fame's traveling "Baseball As America" exhibit.  In the Walsh image, the medallion can be found attached to a chain, proudly displayed on Walsh's lapel.

The photo itself, once in stunning condition (as preserved in its original envelope with its original protective wax paper) appears to have never been framed or displayed.  The corners and edges are sharp and the entire package exhibits very little wear, given its size and age.  Unfortunately, however, a postal mishap resulted in damage to the lower portion of the photo, as a hole was torn in a package by the US Post Office, resulting in a significant tear to the piece.  Thankfully, due to an oversized dark border, the damage has very little impact on the image itself, although tears do appear that travel approximately 3 1/2" from the bottom right edge of the photo.  The damage, which has been stabilized by ACA Paper Restoration in Devon, PA, is not disruptive to the image of Walsh, particularly at arm's length.  The studio envelope contains similar damage, which has also been stabilized.

The photo, which has been featured on the cover of David Rudd Cycleback's guidebook to evaluating photo authenticity Guide to Sports Photographs, is likely one-of-a-kind, and is embossed in the lower-left edge of the border "Walinger - Chicago" and appears the be signed by the photographer in the lower-right corner of the image.  

This is a gorgeous, original photograph of one of the greatest pitchers of all-time, an almost certainly one-of-a-kind piece commemorating Walsh and the White Sox' championship season of 1906.
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circa 1906 Walinger photo of Ed Walsh (HOF) w/1906 championship medal!
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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $826
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
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