LYNN NELSON 1937-39 Philadelphia Athletics GEORGE BURKE Original Photo

DATE SHOT: 1937-39

SUBJECT: Lynn Nelson

PHOTOGRAPHER: George Burke

APPROXIMATE SIZE: 4"x6"

COMMENTS / CONDITION: Offered is an original 4"x6" photo of Lynn Nelson, pictured in his Philadelphia Athletics uniform circa 1937-39. The photo was taken and produced by George Burke and bears his stamping on the verso as shown. Please see scans of the actual photo for further details including condition.

BIO: Lynn Bernard Nelson (Line Drive) was born in Sheldon, ND and died in 1955 in Kansas City, MO. He played major league baseball from 1930 to 1940 as pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics and the Detroit Tigers.

George C. Burke was born in 1874 in Pennington Gap, VA and died in 1951 in Chicago, IL. A case of mistaken identity made by the Chicago Cubs resulted in George Burke becoming the official photographer for the Chicago Cubs. In 1929, Cubs manager Joe McCarthy and Gabby Hartnett sought out the ballclub's previous photographer. They could only remember his last name, Burke, so they looked him up in the phone book. A listing leapt out at them: studio photographer George C. Burke, whose office was near Wrigley Field. Thus began the baseball photography career of George Burke, who had no prior sports experience whatsoever, and thus ended the career of photographer Francis Burke - the Cubs' time-honored official cameraman and an unwitting victim of mistaken identity. To undertake his new "big league" endeavor, Burke hired the young (age 15) baseball-knowledgeable George Brace as his assistant, and the two soon became a Chicago institution. Ever-present at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park, Burke and Brace shot not only for the Cubs, but also for the White Sox and football's Chicago Bears. They also endeavored to amass a complete portfolio of player portraits - a daunting task made possible by the fact that Chicago was the only city with both an American League and a National League franchise from 1929 all the way until Brace's retirement in 1993. As the official photographer for the Chicago Cubs, Burke quickly became renowned for his candid pre-game photos and thought-provoking portrait depictions, and his posed portraits and action photos were published in The Sporting News, Who's Who in the Major Leagues, and Baseball Digest as well as other publications, and provided the necessary photos for numerous 1930's and later baseball card and premium issues.

SKU: GB5850

Item: GB5850

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LYNN NELSON 1937-39 Philadelphia Athletics GEORGE BURKE Original Photo
LYNN NELSON 1937-39 Philadelphia Athletics GEORGE BURKE Original Photo
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