Sports

A Keepsake From When Dallas Had a Baseball Team And Its Players Were Giants

Friend of Unfair Park PeterK shares yet another unusual eBay find: a 1903 cabinet card featuring one William Doyle, who, best I can tell, played for the mighty Dallas Giants of the Texas League from 1903 till 1905 -- during which time he counted among his teammates one Branch Rickey, otherwise known as the man who hired Jackie Robinson to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Unlike most of Peter's finds, this one isn't cheap: The one-off, made at Sanger Bros. most likely for Doyle himself, is currently going for $549 -- about $250 more than it sold for last summer. Nonetheless, it does give me good reason to post to a history book that's online in its entirety: Chris Holaday and Mark Presswood's 2004 Baseball in Dallas.

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