Award-winning Washington Post photographer Dick Darcey (1929-2003) covered presidents, astronauts and, above all, athletes. He’s best remembered for striking shots of Redskins Sonny Jurgensen, John Riggins and Charley Taylor; Senators Harmon Killebrew, Frank Howard and Ted Williams; Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing; and ring legends Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard. Post columnist Thomas Boswell called Darcey "the best newspaper sports photographer of his day." Tragically, the vast majority of Darcey’s photographic archive was swept out to sea in flooding. Thus, these original Darcey prints are among the rare survivors. Provenance-wise, they hail from the same magnificent collection as the William Jacobellis, Bob Olen and Henry Barr photos that Huggins & Scott has had the privilege of handling over the past few years. Indeed, Darcey belongs to that same elite pantheon of 20th-century master photographers.
Measuring 10x12 and mounted to 11x14 matte board, this stark beauty comes complete with a signed sheet of Darcey's official embossed-seal stationery, in which he describes, "The basketball picture ran in Vol. 1 No. 1 issue of 'Potomac' magazine, and shows Elgin Baylor outrebounding Bill Russell. Baylor, a Washingtonian, attended Spingarn High School, then University of Washington -- was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers (owned by Bob Short). Short sold the team to Jack Kent Cooke who moved them to Los Angeles. Short later bought the Washington Senators from the Elwood Quesada group, and after the 1971 season, sold them to a Texas group, and they moved to Arlington TX., and became the Rangers. This was a Lakers 'home' game, and a salute to Elgin Baylor." EX condition.