Assigned to the baseball beat because of mistaken identity in 1929, George Burke went on to become perhaps the game’s most celebrated photographer. These black-and-white and sepia-toned photo postcards are autographed by their 1930s subjects. Ranging in size from 3-3/8 x 5-3/8” to 4x6, the vintage keepsakes are home to period scriptings that average (“8-9”) strength. Includes: Dick Bartell, Beau Bell, Red Evans, Ken Jungels, Doc Legett, Phil Masi, Joe McCarthy, Marv Owen and Jake Powell (d.1948). Individual JSA certs/stickers.
Note: the Bell, Legett and McCarthy signed photos are personalized, as well (in the hand of the subject).
On the blank reverse of each, studio stampings date to the 1930s (two variations) and are consistent with the player portrayals and era. As for Burke’s good fortune and unusual circumstances, before the 1929 season, Cubs manager Joe McCarthy and catcher Gabby Hartnett sought the team’s photographer from the previous season. Recalling only the last name “Burke,” they found “George Burke,” whose Belmont Ave. address was less than a mile from Wrigley Field. Thus, “Francis” Burke (who had been the team photographer) was out of a job and George Burke (who had zero previous sports photography experience) began an legendary career.