Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D., identifies this photograph's correct subject and date, which is over 110 years old. The subject was unknown and, thus, mislabeled on the Internet. This is one of a handful of historical photos on which I corrected or identified the subject matter.
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I contacted Major League Baseball (mlb.com), then sent my research and photo. They used the photo in an article.
The handwritten date on the face of the photograph (poor penmanship), which was misread as 1909, is actually 1908. I inverted the photograph in Photoshop and used other filters to further deduce that the last digit was actually the number eight (8), not the number nine (9).
Moreover, at that time in Chicago's history, nothing else would bring such a crowd (today, called a flash mob) out in downtown Chicago, bringing traffic to a standstill. News traveled at lightning-fast speed via telegraph, telephone (by 1905, the total telephones in Chicago proper had increased to 100,000), and by word of mouth.
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