Shieber: Arthur Irwin and Kalamazoo bats

From SABR member Tom Shieber at Baseball Researcher on August 3, 2015:

Recently, my good friend Tim Wiles asked me about this wonderful posed action shot of Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Arthur Irwin:


He asked me what can be learned about this old photograph?

First, a little bit about Irwin, a man of many talents. Arthur Albert Irwin Jr. played baseball in 13 big league seasons, from 1880 to 1891 and then a one-game appearance in 1894. The Canadian-born ball player was the starting shortstop for the 1884 Providence Grays, the winners of the first post-season series for baseball’s World Championship. He is seen standing second from right in this photo of the 1884 Grays at Providence’s Messer Street Grounds.

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Originally published: August 3, 2015. Last Updated: August 3, 2015.