One of only two known original photos of a young Ty Cobb sliding home in Game 3 of the 1908 World Series against the Chicago Cubs is now up for auction.
The oversized cabinet image shows the Detroit Tigers star grimacing as he slides across home plate, beating the tag of catcher Johnny Kling. The 11×17 piece is part of RMY Auctions‘ latest online catalog.
Taken by a photographer stationed on the field, the photo was taken two years before Charles Conlon’s famed image of Cobb sliding hard into third base. it has been authenticated as a Type I photo by PSA and a full letter is included. Bidding will run through November 27.
Game 3 of the ’08 series featured five Hall of Famers in all and was a signature moment in Cobb’s career. After struggling in previous World Series appearances, the 21-year-old Georgia wunderkind cracked four hits in five at-bats that day at West Side Park in Chicago. In the 8th inning, he doubled, went to third and scored the run depicted in the photo on a sacrifice fly by Bill Coughlin. Cobb also stole two bases.
The Tigers’ 8-3 win was their only victory in the Series–and the last time they scored. The Cubs wrapped up a five game victory with shutouts in Games 4 and 5. The Cubs wouldn’t win another World Series for the next 108 years.