1887 Photograph of the Bloomington Reds featuring a black mascot and a young 17 year old pitcher named Clark Griffith (back row with X over him) who would become one of the biggest names in baseball. A star pitcher for two decades after this image was taken, he would then become a manager and team owner. Issued in 1924 when Griffith was leading the Senators to a World Series title, the image (while struck 37 years after the original was taken) is a 100 year old remnant of one of the most important figures in baseball during the 19th century. Photo has some creasing and handling wear but overall it is a really nice looking example that is perhaps the only one to have survived!
Designation: Vintage 3(b)
Overall Grade: 6/10