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.
The headliner here is a close-up action shot from the third-base-line with a tremendous view of Killebrew at the plate and fans in the stands. A pencil description on the reverse reads, "Bob Allison on third after hitting triple - Harmon Killebrew swings away / Gus Triandos catches." Equally intimate are Darcey's photos from the front lines of the action as Allison goes down after a beaning and as Clint Courtney slides into home. The trio measures 8x10 and averages EX with exceptional b/w contrast.