John "Chief" Meyers is regrettably one of the most forgotten superstars of his era. From 1909-1914 he was the finest catcher in Major League baseball. One of the earliest minorities to play the game, he was subject to constant ridicule and derision from players, umpires and fans but he took it and demonstrated impeccable character both on and off the field. His 1911-1913 seasons still rank among the greatest ever by a Catcher, especially when considering the rough nature and poor equipment the position offered 100 years ago. Meyers batted .332, .358, and .312 in leading the Giants to a prolific championship run. The offered photograph is significant besides the subject, as it appears by the stamps, notes, and style that it was almost certainly taken by Baseball Photographer Louis Van Oeyen. Bold photograph shows Meyers in catchers gear and warming up at the ballpark. Photo is in nice shape overall with a small chip on the lower right corner being the only flaw. An important image of one of the most interesting players of his era.
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 9/10