With the addition of new manager Pants Rowland in 1915 along with rookie center fielder Happy Felsch, right fielder Shoeless Joe Jackson from Cleveland, and future Hall of Fame second baseman Eddie Collins from Philadelphia, things finally started trending upward for the Sox after years of disappointment. These three key position players would form the foundation from which future pennant-winning squads of 1917 and 1919 were built, with one World Series title and one enormous game-fixing scandal to show for it.
Shot at Comiskey Park during the 1915 season, it's safe to assume this image was captured prior to Joe Jackson's debut on August 21st as he is not present. Rookie "Hap" Felsch appears second from the right in the middle row, while Eddie Collins stands in the top row, also second from the right. Black Sox players implicated in the 1919 scandal include: Eddie Cicotte, standing in the top row second from the left, and Buck Weaver, seated in the bottom row fourth from the right.
Overall quality of the print remains exemplary with sharp corners and barely a hint of discoloration that remains relegated to the edges, well beyond the central image. Verso displays handwritten notations in the upper-left corner along with a rough, textured backing. A stunningly clear and important original team photograph featuring some of the most significant characters the game has ever known. Measures 8" x 9.5" and has been authenticated and encapsulated as a Type 1 photo by PSA/DNA.