Getting the boys together for a team picture was an occasion to dress the part of a professional, even if most of mainstream America still had a less than honorable view of ballplayers. Like many photographs of the day, a 1909 Detroit Tigers team gathering was taken in photographer’s studio. Captured for eternity are some of the game’s all-time greats during their heyday.
The photograph was recently brought to a taping session of the Antiques Roadshow where appraiser Leila Dunbar offered up an estimate, but also some insight into one of the best clubs of the early 20th century.
The woman who owned the photo got it as a hand-me-down. That, in itself, in an interesting story: