When Tim Murnane the celebrated New England sports writer passed away suddenly in 1917, the game of baseball rallied to his aid. Just like they did a few years earlier for Addie Joss, the starts aligned and held an "All Star Game" to benefit the Murnane family. A call went out to the biggest stars in the game and they answered. Here we see Connie Mack standing at center of his American League All Stars all wearing the uniforms of their respected teams before the start of what is considered the second ever "All Star Game" and without a doubt one of the most important games in major league history to benefit the family of Tim Murnane. The lineup included Shoeless Joe Jackson (center to Mack's right), Ty Cobb (top row third from right), Walter Johnson (top row second from left) as well as Buck Weaver, Rabbit Maranville, Tris Speaker, Ray Chapman, Wally Schang, Stuffy McInnis, Steve O'Neill and Howard Ehmke. An exquisite silver gelatin original, this is the second time this photograph has ever been offered having made its debut in 2007 when it sold for $15,275 in Robert Edward Auctions. Easily one of the most significant baseball photographs that exists, there are two known examples of this photograph that we are aware of, both coming from the estates of players in the game. Silver gelatin original is bold and pure with some light creasing and a small rip at the extreme top border as well as a scrape on the bottom left next to Maranville. The significance of this image can not be overstated!
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 8.5/10