Sunday, July 06, 2008

Card of the Week: Archibald "Moonlight" Graham

This weeks card of the week really isn't a card at all, but is instead a Sporting Life team composite print circa 1906-1907 of the Scranton Baseball Club. Sporting life magazine was one of the premier baseball journals of the time. From 1902 to 1909 they sold these large 13" X 14" prints to fans throughout the country. They are very rare and look great framed and matted. This particular print was sold in a portfolio book of 24 different teams, but they where also sold individually for 10 cents a piece.

The reason why the 1907 Scranton Baseball Club of the New York State League is notable is because it includes one of Baseballs more mythical players- Archibald "Moonlight" Graham. See him on the bottom left below. As we all know his story was highlighted in the movie called "A Field of Dreams." Graham played in one game in the field, but never got a chance to bat. He was left standing in the on-deck circle while the final out was recorded to end the game. He would never appear in a Major League game again. He ultimately left Baseball to became a doctor in the town of Chisholm, Minnesota. Doc Graham was beloved there as he worked in the town for fifty years.

The print below is, from my understanding, one of the few known Baseball vintage artifact/ memorabilia pieces known to exist of "Doc" Archibald "Moonlight" Graham.
(Hat Tip: Vintage Baseball Card Forum)

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