New York Yankees 1944 "bonus baby" Leo Righetti was a strong-fielding, weak-hitting shortstop who wound up a career minor leaguer. Reportedly he blew his shot at a spot on the 1952 Boston Braves squad for throwing a chair at a Braves official after being told he was being sent to a AAA team. Perhaps he got some measure of satisfaction later in life from watching his son Dave Righetti pitch in the majors. The elder Righetti is seen on a docile day, flashing a genial grin in this c.1952 original Type I photo (NM) taken by master sports photographer William Jacobellis, who has applied his credit stamp to the reverse. A rare photo of an obscure player, this vintage 4x5 shot appears to have been taken during the Braves 1952 Spring Training preseason and Righetti's identity is confirmed by white lettering on the black border at left. Full photo LOA from PSA/DNA.
H&S has enjoyed great success of late with contact proofs and Type I photos from the archives of William Jacobellis and Bob Olen. We are pleased to continue these offerings in our current August, 2019 auction, with another round of Jacobellis photos featuring baseball HOFers and stars of the 1950s, including Ted Williams and Rogers Hornsby as a manager. In this current round, the majority of the individual photos on offer were used for 1950s Bowman or Topps baseball cards. As these photos are condition sensitive due to black borders, in many cases they present better than the assigned technical grades. To review the currently offered photos please see our Baseball Cards & Vintage Memorabilia/Baseball Original Photos category.