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Unique and Exceptional 1900s Jerry Sullivan Signed Cabinet Card - "Little Person" Minor League Batter Before Gaedel

Lot Number 893

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Yes, 46 years before the 3-foot-7, 26-year-old Eddie Gaedel made history with his major-league at-bat for the St. Louis Browns, another little person had already accomplished the feat for the Eastern League's Buffalo Bisons. Vaudeville actor Jerry Sullivan was recruited for the stunt by Bisons manager George Stallings in a game against Hughie Jennings' Baltimore Orioles. Unlike Gaedel who drew a walk, Sullivan hit a bloop single to reach base and eventually scored on a head-first slide! James Spence Authentication has no Sullivan autograph exemplars and therefore could not provide an LOA, however the signature does match the only other cabinet photo that we've ever come across (linked here). This offered example is a thick-stock, 4-1/4" x 6-5/8" cabinet by the Kern Brothers studio of NY. A pencil notation on the reverse reads, "Batted for Buffalo Bisons in 1905." Crisp, sturdy EX condition with typical minor foxing and fading. A little man with a big baseball legacy!

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