NOTE: This description has been modified from the printed catalog to reflect that we cannot confirm the man in the front of the carriage is Amos Rusie, although it does resemble a very young version of him, according to the few photos we have found of him.
Long before chartered flights, team buses and even locomotive trains as means for Major League travel, the horse-drawn carriage sufficed during the 1890s. Mounted to a thick stock backing, the 9-5/8 x 7-3/8” sepia-toned photo portrays the unknown 19th century baseball team.
With high probability, the likeness dates to the 1890s. It is uncertain as to the team portrayed. The carriage has a “Westminster” identifier on the side, though the players’ uniforms with striped socks and undershirts are of unknown affiliation. Of note is a handwritten notation on the reverse, which cites the team as being coached by 1800s lawyer Wilder Stoodard Buffum (though our research shows no ties between Buffum and Rusie or with Buffum in any baseball activity). The photo presents nicely with scattered surface marks and vivid imagery.