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1890s Arlie Pond (Baltimore Orioles) Cabinet Photo

Lot Number 532

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Occasionally, Erasmus Arlington Pond shows up in a mid-1890s Orioles team photo, program or pin...but an individual cabinet photo? Never. At least not that we're aware of. In the early 1890s, Pond starred for the University of Vermont's "Wonder Team" with fellow ace hurler Bert Abbey. He then stayed in Burlington for medical school. But in 1895, he decided to continues his studies in the Baltimore, MD area, taking classes at the University of Maryland and at Johns Hopkins. Savvy Orioles manager Ned Hanlon lured Pond to simultaneously pitch for the O's, and Arlie posted dominant records of 16-8 and 18-9 for the 1896-97 seasons. From there, Pond turned back to medicine, serving as a doctor in the Spanish-American War; became a strong proponent of imperialism, which he advanced in his role as a health administrator in the Philippines; and earned a lieutenant colonel ranking after being shipped off to Siberia during WWI. Some details of his biography are notated on the reverse of this 4-1/4 x 6-1/2" cabinet, produced by the F.R. Menns studio of Burlington. There is a heavy horizontal crease across the face and a separated upper-left corner that has been tape-repaired on reverse. Yet these faults are superseded by the terrific image quality and perimeter gilt accents.

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