As he sat somewhat uncomfortably directly next to his physically imposing skipper for a 1916 team photo, 25-year-old Charles Dillon Stengel could not possibly have had the slightest premonition that he was to embark on a career during which his name became synonymous with the World Series. Such was the fate of “Casey” Stengel, one of the most notable subjects of this original 1916 Brooklyn Dodgers team photograph.
Framed to dimensions of 21x17”, the 14x11” sepia-toned photo portrays the 1916 roster arranged in three rows at the Ebbets Field home. Details defining the era include a line of spectators (men in suits compliantly back on the pedestrian walkway); a mascot-like figure holding a megaphone (far right, top row); and the windowpane pattern of the home flannel uniforms (employed in 1916 for the first of just two seasons). Stengel is seated in the middle row, right next to manager Wilbert Robinson. Robinson, a three-time pennant winner during his days with the legendary National League version of the Baltimore Orioles, was no stranger to championships. But Stengel, of course, was to win an unprecedented five successive World Series crowns (1949-1953) at the helm of the New York Yankees.
Team photos from this era are rare survivors. The primary reason is their limited production, as they were reserved for players and team personnel. This particular treasure hails from Stengel’s personal collection. Vintage identifiers include “Brooklyn’s First – 1916 – Pennant Winners” and an arrow reading “Outfielder Casey.” Both are adhered to the surface. An additional adhesive outline remains (perhaps from a since-removed identifier). The photo is affected by chips and creases along the periphery, yet it remains an alluring piece with its crisp imagery and glossy finish still intact. Accompanying is an LOA attesting to this item as being from Stengel’s personal collection.
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