Photo of the Day: A’s Catcher Meets Young Fan

Kids had baseball heroes in 1909, too.  Our RMY Auctions Photo of the Day is this frozen-in-time moment that has played out time and time again over the last 125 years or so:  Wide-eyed kids meeting big leaguers.

Ira Thomas fan 1909In this case, it’s Ira Thomas, the popular catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics, reaching out to shake the hand of a young boy while his smiling dad looks on, holding a scorecard.

The 8×10 photo originated in the Cleveland News.  It’s one of more than 1,000 news photographs being offered by RMY in its June Premier Auction, which closes tonight.

Thomas recorded the first pinch-hit in big league history, a single in the 1908 World Series, a season before this photo was taken.   He shared catching duties in 1910 and 1911 and was the A’s team captain.

The affable native of Ballston Spa, NY, stayed with the A’s organization for decades, working as a scout.

In the photo, he’s wearing the Athletics’ famous pillbox-style cap with his thumb heavily bandaged, but nonetheless grasping the boy’s hand with a smile on his face.  Thomas was 27 at the time.

RMY states in the listing:

“Of all the one million photos we have handled in the past decade, this is one of our most treasured offerings as it represents all that is good with sports; the bonds between fathers and sons as well as the ideals and morals of sports in general connecting  generation upon generation of fans to each other.”

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