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Stunning studio cabinet photo of the "Father of Baseball," Henry Chadwick.  Chadwick's contributions to the game are the stuff of legend; as an amateur statistician he was the editor of The Beadle Dime Base-Ball Player, the sport's first annual baseball guide.  He also edited the Spalding and Reach guides, and began compiling statistics on individual players, as a method of assessing which teams were actually helping their teams.  He is often credited with developing the box score, as well as the batting average and ERA statistics.  Suffice to say that without Henry Chadwick, our barroom baseball arguments would certainly have a different flavor.

Frank Pearsall was a noted portrait photographer active toward the latter half of the 19th Century.  He took many photos of Chadwick over the years, including the 1870s cabinet that is typically considered Chadwick's "rookie card."  Pearsall's photos of Chadwick were often used in the pages of the Spalding Base Ball Guide, as was the case with this example (used in 1925).  Simply a wonderful photo, Chadwick's image exhibiting incredible contrast and detail, evidence of masking agent having been removed from around Chadwick's portrait.  Various editorial notations are written on the reverse, upon which the Baseball Magazine hologram decal is also affixed, an indication that this item was originally a part of that collection which was auctioned off in the 1990s.  A stunning piece, a seldom-seen photograph of one of the game's founding fathers.

c. 1890 Henry Chadwick Cabinet Photo by Noted Photographer Frank Pearsallc. 1890 Henry Chadwick Cabinet Photo by Noted Photographer Frank Pearsall
c. 1890 Henry Chadwick Cabinet Photo by Noted Photographer Frank Pearsall
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Minimum Bid: $1,250
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,660
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Sunday, April 14, 2019.
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