Professionally matted and framed to a finished size of of 15 1/2" x 18 1/2", extensively researched photo of Arthur Milburn, captain of the 1916 Yale baseball team. Milburn was elected captain despite being declared ineligible to play athletics for the 1916 season hat the institution, the result of an ethics violation stemming from his accepting free room and board in exchange for playing on a summer league team on Long Island. Milburn, born in Haverstraw, NY, directed team activities from the bench. Milburn served as a pilot in the Aviation Section of the Army Signal Corps during World War I and subsequently became a stockbroker. He passed away in 1975, at the age of 81.
The photo is wonderful, in apparent excellent condition, picturing the young ballplayer in full uniform, sitting on an artificial fence against a studio backdrop. A few tiny abrasions are visible at the top and right edge of the piece. The matte and frame prohibit us from examining the edges or reverse of the photo. The frame is vintage, the backing held on with nails, and several chips in the wood clearly visible. An exceptional piece, which will be delivered to the winning bidder along with several pages of research on Milburn and his history.