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Lot # 5: 1882 Bill Hutchinson, "19th Century Baseball Pitching Sensation" Extremely Early Cabinet Photo

Starting Bid: $25.00

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Item was in Auction "Fall Collectors Auction 2023",
which ran from 10/15/2023 2:00 PM to
11/4/2023 8:00 PM

Among the most dominant pitchers of the 1890's was Bill Hutchinson of the White Sox. He was educated and dapper, but also was the most feared pitcher in baseball for a stretch. He had a career that was similar to Sandy Koufax in that he got started late and ended early, but those years in between were spectacular! He won over 40 games two years in a row and led the league for three consecutive seasons as well. The offered photograph is an important new discovery and comes directly from the album of an 1882 classmate at Yale University. This photo was taken by Pach Brothers that served as his "senior picture" as we would call it today. He was seven years away from pitching in the big leagues and is a baby-faced young man, but already a sensation in baseball as he dominated the college ranks. Issued by Pach Brothers and stamped on the back, this is perhaps his greatest image we have ever seen and it grades a perfect 10/10. Hutchinson is one of the more widely sought after pitchers of the 19th century and this is not only the only image of him we have seen, but the only senior picture from Yale that we know of in the world! Offered here for the first time ever!

Size: 4.25x6.5
Designation: Vintage 1
Condition: 5/5
Quality: 5/5
Overall Grade: 10/10

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