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1936-1942 Jimmie Foxx Original George Burke Photograph

Lot Number 272

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There was no mistaking Jimmie Foxx: the muscular, Maryland-bred slugger and right-handed answer to Babe Ruth. In the matter of renowned baseball photographer George Burke, however, it was mistaken identity that launched his career. As the legend goes, Burke operated a studio on Chicago's Belmont Avenue. When the Cubs were searching for their prior season's photographer (Francis Burke) in 1929, they saw George Burke's Belmont Ave. address in the directory and errantly summoned him as their time-honored shutterbug. Burke complied, of course, and went on to one of the most brilliant careers in print and visual media. Foxx and Burke came together during the late-1930s for this original photograph! The 4x6" sepia-toned likeness (likely captured at Comiskey Park) portrays a pensive Foxx in his Boston Red Sox road uniform. The reverse is home to a George Burke studio stampings whose style coincides with Foxx' tenure with the BoSox. The crease-free keepsake shows remnants on the reverse (likely from previous scrapbook mounting) and shows the effects of age-induced oxidation on the obverse.

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