Imagine a world where Casey Stengel was a dentist instead of a baseball lifer. Such could easily have been the case, if Casey were righthanded. Using savings earned while playing in the minors in 1910, Stengel enrolled in the Western Dental College in Kansas City. Citing a lack of available lefthanded dental instruments, Stengel turned his attention to baseball as a full time career, eventually attaining the reverent nickname "The Old Perfessor". Though he ruffled plenty of feathers in his time, the medical profession was spared having to learn Stengelese and fortunately no teeth were injured.
Witness Stengel's attempt at higher education with this c.1911 Western Dental School baseball team photo. This unused postcard shows light to moderate wear, but retains nice gloss, a fairly clean surface and well defined images to rate as (VG-EX) with deference to fading of the factory printing on the reverse side. While most of the players are seen in street clothes, a player seated at the left end of the middle row is wearing a uniform and the the two players seated in the front row have bats and the one at bottom right also has a catchers mitt. Stengel is pictured standing at far left, with an already wizened look on his face. Show your collecting wisdom and make this rare antique souvenir a part of your collection.