This turn-of-the-century relic pre-dates the arrival of Walter Johnson and Calvin Griffith in D.C. The 1904 squad were cellar dwellers led in most offensive categories by infielder Jake Stahl, who is specifically identified in the margin with an editorial notation reading, "Make 8 x 10 - full figure." (We were unable to pinpoint the prominently hulking figure at far left but 6'2", 210-lbs. Frank Huelsman might be a good guess.) The 10x7 photo appears on an 11-1/4 x 8" thick, heavy, durable, impressively intact mount and features exceptional image clarity along with terrific period uniforms, pillbox-style caps and wool button-up sweaters. The players themselves are EX-MT with minor surrounding image wear and then heavy soiling/staining throughout the mount.
Thanks to Ken S. for his detective work to identify the players in this photo:
Top Row (L-R): Al Orth (P/LF/CF), Happy Townsend (P), Lew Drill (C), Joe Cassidy (SS), Patsy Donovan (RF), Case Patten (P), Jake Stahl (1B), Kip Selbach (LF).
Middle Row (L-R): Bill Coughlin (3B), Charles Moran (SS), Barry McCormick (2B), Boileryard Clarke (C/1B).
Bottom Row (L-R): Jack Thoney (CF/RF), Malachi Kittridge (C/Mgr.*).
*Kittridge was the team’s manager through May 9th, 1904, after which he was succeeded by Patsy Donovan. This photo must have been taken prior to the May 8th transfer of Jack Thoney’s contract to the New York Highlanders, thus I have identified Kittridge as the manager.