Highly scarce Real Photo PC of the NY Giants 1913-14 World Tour team with umpire Bill Klem in Nice, France. Pictured are John McGraw, Jim Thorpe, Mike Donlin, Fred Merkle and others, including non-NY players in uniform just for the tour. This image likely is from February 16th, 1914, when the Giants lost to the White Sox 10-9. Before the game, ex-Olympian Thorpe put on an exhibition, throwing the discus and shot put.
1914 New York Giants World Tour Postcard
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(L-R) John McGraw, Hans Lobert, Mike Donlin, Lee Magee, Larry Doyle, Ivy Wingo, Bunny Hearne, George "Hooks" Wiltse, Mickey Doolan, Urban "Red" Faber, Fred Merkle, Jim Thorpe, umpire Bill Klem.
In addition to several Giants players (including rookie star, Jim Thorpe), the "New York" team included a few non-Giants signed by McGraw for the 1913-14 tour of the word with the White Sox.
Lobert and Doolan were "borrowed" from the Phillies for the journey. Magee and Wingo, meanwhile, came from the St. Louis Cardinals. Donlin, the former Giant star, came to the tour by way of Newark of the International League. He had been out of baseball in vaudeville with his wife, actress Mabel Hite, for a few years and then returned to the Boston Rustlers, Pittsburgh PIrates, Newark and back to the Giants after this tour.
Pitcher Faber actually came from the White Sox -- the Giants' tour rivals -- who loaned him to McGraw's team which was lacking a pitcher. The future Hall of Famer was a promising minor league prospect for the Sox and McGraw even attempted to acquire him for the Giants permanently.
Identifications were made from comparisons to the photo roster published in The Tour To End All Tours by James E. Elfers (see below). The location of the photo was made from a comparison to an image of the February 16, 1914 game in Nice, France, also featured in the book (also shown below).
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