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This is one of eleven 1915 Underwood & Underwood Boston Red Sox Original Glass Plate Negative Portraits being offered in this auction. Click Here to read more about this very special collection.
In this otherwise Boston-centric collection, Cobb's cameo appearance can be pinpointed to 1915 by the one-year-only Detroit uniform style—most likely from a Tigers-Red Sox game at Fenway Park. It was the 28-year-old's 11th season and he literally showed no signs of slowing down. Cobb swiped a major-league-record 96 bases, which would not be eclipsed for almost a half-century (by Maury Wills). He also led the A.L. in runs (144), hits (208), batting average (.369) and on-base percentage (a career-high .486). As for the Tigers, they won 100 games but still finished 2.5 games back of, who else, Ruth's Red Sox.
The notoriously ferocious competitor looks rather docile here as he doffs the brim of his cap and stares up into the great beyond. There may be an undercurrent of menace or mayhem beneath his sly Joker-like grin, but on the surface Cobb surprisingly appears as if he deserves his genteel Georgia Peach nickname.
Condition-wise, we note a minuscule speck of a blemish on Cobb's cheek, minor abrasions beside his left ear, and faint emulsion oxidation in the background. EX to EX/MT.
1915 Ty Cobb Underwood & Underwood Original Glass Plate Negative
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