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Exhibition Baseball Americana

Thomas J. Nicholl, artist. The Monarchs of the Sphere. Lithograph, 1886. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (015.01.00)

Putting the Game on a Globe

After the dominant St. Louis Browns captured the 1886 World Series, team captain Charles Comiskey was featured in this commemorative poster standing atop a globe that doubles as a celestial baseball. Comiskey was instrumental in establishing the American League in 1900, but he would later be known as the tight-fisted owner of the Chicago White Sox, whose players threw the 1919 World Series. His teams fared poorly after the scandal, and Comiskey never again stood on top of the baseball world.