Futility personified, the 1914 St. Louis Browns endured a sixth of seven successive losing seasons and resultantly faltered at the turnstiles, as well, drawing a paltry 244,714 for the campaign. This vintage panoramic photograph portrays those 1914 Browns. Framed to dimensions of 41 x 9-1/4”, the sepia-toned likeness shows 37 team members standing side by side at Sportsman’s Park, with names printed (as they appeared on the original negative) below the appropriate persons. Near the center is skipper Branch Rickey, who was just 32 years old at the time. The image dates to early in the season as Jack Enzenroth is pictured. A classmate of Rickey at the University of Michigan, Enzenroth debuted on May 1 that year but left the team (with his .167 batting average) two days later to join the Federal League’s Kansas City Packers, for whom he fared only slightly better, batting .179. The item remains complete with four nearly indiscernible vertical creases.
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