1921 was a milestone year for the Yankees as they seized their first American League pennant and faced fellow Polo Grounds tenants, the New York Giants in the World Series. This would prove to be the first of three consecutive Fall Classics between the Giants and Yankees, with the Giants emerging victorious in both 1921 and 1922 with the Yankees capturing their first franchise World Series title in 1923. Of course, the Yankees would go on to appear in a record 40 World Series between 1921 and 2009, capturing 27 championships along the way.
Boasting exceptional clarity and focus, with the player's features in exquisitely sharp detail, this photograph of the 1921 New York Yankees simply has it all – a young Babe Ruth in his prime and second season with the club, four Hall of Famers (Home Run Baker, Waite Hoyt, Miller Huggins, Babe Ruth), batboy Eddie Bennett, and those positively outstanding early Yankees sweaters. Surface is impeccably clean with just a touch of wear to the extreme corners. "Yankees In 1921" has been written in what appears to be ballpoint within the border below the players. Verso shows paper remnants adhered to the corners and a purple Brown Brothers stamp is present. While it remains a vintage print developed directly from the original negative, this example was created sometime during the 1930's which classifies it as a Type 2 photo according to PSA's authentication system. Measures 8" x 10". Encapsulated as a Type 2 photo by PSA/DNA.