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The love the city of Boston and the baseball community in general had for sportswriter Tim Murnane is best understood by reading the accounts of his passing in the pages of the Boston Globe the day after his passing in February of 1917.  Articles singing his praise, and quotes from ballplayers around the league.  None other than Charles Ebbets was quoted in the pages, saying "Organized baseball has suffered the irreparable loss of one who was always ready with voice and pen to stand for and approve of that which was right and for the betterment of the game he loved so well."  Braves manager George Stallings said "He counted his friends wherever baseball is played."  Indeed, he was one of the early game's most beloved figures.

On September 27 of that year, a team of All-Stars managed by Connie Mack came to Boston to play an exhibition against the Red Sox in tribute to Murnane.  "Murnane Day" included a variety of pregame contests, followed by the game, in which Walter Johnson squared off against Babe Ruth.  More than 17,000 people attended the event, which raised $14,000 for Murnane's family, as the Red Sox won the game, 2-0.  

A product of the game is this rare photo, only discovered in the early 2000s, depicting the American League All-Star team that participated in the game.  Its subjects are a "who's who" of the early game, including Hugh Jennings, Walter Johnson, Stuffy McInnis, Steve O'Neill, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ray Chapman,  Ty Cobb, Buck Weaver, Howard Ehmke, Rabbit Maranville, Connie Mack, Wally Schang, Tris Speaker, Urban Shocker, plus a batboy and another unidentified man on the right side of the photo.  This is clearly one of the most important - and also the most rare - deadball era photos, including six Hall of Famers, two members of the future "Black Sox" as well as the only player ever to be killed on the field of play.

The photo, measuring 10 x 7.5" is in outstanding condition, with slight silvering due to age mentioned here only for full disclosure.  The mount is in excellent condition as well, though it does exhibit slight markings around the edges, ostensibly from being framed at some point.  

This is a truly rare and important original photo, memorializing one of the game's legends, and depicting some of the most important figures ever to be associated with the game.  Jaw-dropping in its star power, a museum-quality piece, one of the finest baseball photos we have ever seen.

Spectacular 1917 Timothy Murnane Day All-Star Team Photo w/Ty Cobb, Joe Jackson and More!Spectacular 1917 Timothy Murnane Day All-Star Team Photo w/Ty Cobb, Joe Jackson and More!
Spectacular 1917 Timothy Murnane Day "All-Star" Team Photo w/Ty Cobb, Joe Jackson and More!
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Minimum Bid: $3,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $9,600
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Sunday, March 25, 2018.
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