Philadelphia [?]: Ca. 1905.
Pencil and ink on paper, inscribed “To My Friends Bill & Tom”, and signed, lower right. 1 vols. 11 x 8-1/4 inches, mounted on backing board and framed to 13-3/4 x 11-3/4 inches overall. Baseball Sports Caricature, Philadelphia, Ca. 1905. Dust soiled and foxed, but not disfiguringly so Item #40050
The subjects, two dapper young men seated in third base line box seats, are identified as Bill Reynolds and Tommy O'Keefe. Both are nattily dressed, with diamond stickpins in their ties; Tommy wears a straw boater with a hatband labeled “green and yellow” (presumably the team colors) while Bill holds a program headed “Athletics Line Up” with an ad for “Reynolds Wet Shop”, suggesting his vocation, or possibly avocation. Bill is smoking a cigar, around which he is saying “Now you see that's a two bagger!” to which Tommy replies “You don't say so!”. The style of the drawing is so similiar to that of a newspaper sports cartoon that it seems almost certain it was done by a professional sports cartoonist, most likely on the staff of the Philadelphia Public Ledger or other local journal of the day.
A unique evocation of the national sport at the turn of the century, an interesting relic of the Philadelphia Athletics, and a talented depiction of two fans who have survived obscurity by being patrons of The Old Ball Game.
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