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A baseball pioneer who helped build the American League, Jimmy "Loafer" McAleer was a 19th Century ballplayer, a major league manager, and an owner who presided over the Boston Red Sox' 1912 championship team and initiated the practice of the President of the United States throwing out the first ball of the season.  The 5 x 7 1/4" cabinet, produced by the Meacham & Sabine studio of Youngstown, Ohio, pictures a young McAleer in formal attire, similar to the image in his 1909 Ramly card.

Sabine was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1864, and broke in as an outfielder with the 1889 Cleveland Spiders.  Known for his temper, internet accounts relate a story where Sabine, in an 1891 game against the Cincinnati Reds, was tripped by Arlie Latham while rounding third base, prompting Sabine to chase Latham with a baseball bat (we pass this story along, of course, because we are offering an N173 Latham cabinet as part of this auction, and the two would make an excellent pair).  McAleer possessed excellent speed, stealing 51 bases in 1891 and finishing his 13-year career with 262 stolen bases.  McAleer, along with Hall of Famers Cy Young, John Clarkson and Jesse Burkett, were members of the 1895 Championship Cleveland Spiders team.

After McAleer's playing career ended he continued as a manager, joining the Cleveland Lake Shores in 1900.  He became the manager of the St. Louis Browns in 1902, and joined the Washington Senators in 1909.  During his early managing career, he was instrumental in the development of the fledgeling American League, working with his close friends Charles Comiskey and Ban Johnson to recruit players from the National League.

In 1912, McAleer purchased half of the Boston Red Sox and was credited with helping assemble the championship clubs that included the outfield of Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper and Duffy Lewis, along with Smokey Joe Wood and Bill Carrigan.  After an unfortunate dust-up with league president Ban Johnson over McAleer's dismissal of Red Sox manager Jake Stahl (a close friend of Johnson), McAleer sold his shares in the Red Sox and retired back to Youngstown.  

McAleer passed away in April of 1931, just a month after Ban Johnson and his replacement E.S. Barnard - a sad month for the pioneers of the American League.

This gorgeous cabinet photo from the Meacham & Sabine studio of Youngstown (a studio that, according to internet searches, was very active in the early 1890s) is in wonderful condition, free of many of the condition problems that plague cabinet photos of this vintage (pinholes, back damage, writing, etc.).  Aside from slight corner and edge wear and some very mild surface wear and staining, the photo is in excellent shape, as is the mount.  The back is clean.

We are pleased to offer such a historically significant piece, an excellent ballplayer, American League pioneer, and architect of the early 1910s Boston Red Sox.
Circa 1890 Studio Cabinet of AL Pioneer & Red Sox Owner Jimmy McAleer Circa 1890 Studio Cabinet of AL Pioneer & Red Sox Owner Jimmy McAleer
Circa 1890 Studio Cabinet of AL Pioneer & Red Sox Owner Jimmy McAleer
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Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium.: $295
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Saturday, October 27, 2012.
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