Brian Campf sent along his latest acquisitions, two great postcards. The first one shows an unknown white player batting, with two black players in the background.
Here’s a detail of the two players in the background:
Todd Peterson has identified them as (on the left) either Clarence “Dude” Lytle or Will Horn, both pitchers, and on the right (holding the bat) catcher/infielder Will McMurray, all of the 1908 St. Paul Gophers.
Here are pictures of Lytle, Horn, and McMurray for comparison:
Here’s Brian’s second postcard, with handwriting at the bottom that reads “Jhonson [sic] at bat”:
And a detail of the players:
The catcher remains unidentified, but Todd thinks that the player at bat, “Jhonson,” blurred in the act of swinging, is Topeka Jack Johnson, also of the 1908 Keystones.
With respect to the first postcard above, Hake’s put a postcard up for auction a couple of years ago that was taken at the same game, and evidently formed part of a set at one time. This one showed Chappie Johnson, also of the St. Paul Gophers:
And the reverse side has the same handwriting at the top, again mistakenly identifying the team as St. Louis instead of St. Paul.