Incredible 1919 panoramic photograph of Comiskey Park in Chicago on the eve of the big World Series that was coming to town in a matter of days. The stadium is empty with note to some groundskeepers out trying to make the place as nice as possible for the first game. A few days later, gamblers would get to the players and create an environment that would lead to the sox throwing games and losing on purpose. The 1919 World Series is one of the seminal events in baseball history and this poignant photo is a sweeping reminder of the excitement and anticipation of these games before they turned to tragedy. Issued by Underwood and Underwood, the photo has a stamp and paper caption on the back that talks about the upcoming series. At one point there was a photo of the Reds ballpark atop this one and trimmed by a newspaper editor. With editorial marks from publication, this is the only example of this rare and beautiful stadium image we have ever seen in the hobby! Photo has some pinholes at the corners and a small rip at the bottom but it looks high grade. The clarity is really nice for the distance the photo was taken at. The technology existed back in 1919 to split large negative to print images like this (2 per photo) and cut them, so the fact this was part of a composite does not automatically mean PSA will not give it a type 1, but regardless it is a clear and bold keepsake from the most famous World Series of all time.
Designation: Vintage 1(b)
Overall Grade: 8.5/10