Lot # 2170: 1939 Newark Eagles Team Photo with Irvin, Suttles, Day, and Wells

Starting Bid: $400.00

Bids: 30 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2018",
which ran from 4/13/2018 12:00 PM to
5/6/2018 12:00 PM

Original photograph capturing sixteen members of the 1939 Newark Eagles posing together on field in front of the grandstand. All of the players have been identified in vintage black ink along the base, including Hall of Famers Monte Irvin, Willie Wells, Mule Suttles, and Leon Day. Also pictured are a number of notable stars, including manager Dick Lundy, Max Manning, Dick Seay, and Leon Ruffin. The year, "1938," appears in blue ink in the lower-right corner, but it appears to be a misidentification based upon the roster cited here. Of the four Hall of Famers pictured here, only Irvin was fortunate enough to eventually play in the Major Leagues following Jackie Robinson's historic breaking of the color barrier in 1947. Irvin was 20 years old and in just his third season of professional baseball in 1939. He later won two Negro League batting titles and was the choice of Negro League owners to become the first black player in organized baseball. Unfortunately, Irvin served three years in the military during World War II and when he returned, Branch Rickey had already selected Robinson to lead his "Great Experiment." The photo (10 x 8 inches) displays two tears along the top border. Both have been repaired with vintage tape on the reverse, while one has also been repaired with clear tape on the front. A strip of clear tape has also been applied along the left and right corners along the base, but not in repair of any tears. Also evident art tack holes in each corner, and a number of moderate-to-heavy creases. Although technically in Fair to Good condition overall, it presents at a higher level than that suggested by its technically accurate grade. Reserve $400. Estimate (open).

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