NOTE: This description has been modified from the printed catalog to reflect that the player depicted is NOT Moses Fleetwood Walker, but is an unknown early African American Ball Player.
As baseball’s popularity boomed during the late-1800s, the game remained in its archaic stages regarding what transpired on the diamond and who was allowed to play. This Type I photograph is amazing as both a scarce survivor and in its portrayal of an unknown early African American ball player. Framed to 27 x 23-7/8”, the sepia-toned team depiction (13 x 9-3/4” visible area) shows what is believed to be an 1889 Cambridge, Massachusetts semi-professional club. The irony of this treasure lies in the fact that 70 years later, a reluctant Boston Red Sox club was the last to integrate in the big leagues. Stunning Condition!
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