Chorus girl at TITANIC benefit (LOC)

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    Chorus girl at TITANIC benefit

    [1912 April 21] (date created or published later by Bain)

    1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

    Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.
    Photo shows crowd at baseball game to raise funds for the survivors of the RMS Titanic, Polo Grounds, New York City. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008)
    Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

    Format: Glass negatives.

    Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

    Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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    Call Number: LC-B2- 2408-1

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    1. mr.thalweg 72 months ago | reply

      Sunday April 21, 1912, was a benefit exhibition game at the Polo Grounds between the Giants and the Yankees, still officially known as the Highlanders. The benefit was for the Titanic survivors who landed in New York that week. George M. Cohan performed and Broadway show girls "used their charm" to hawk raffle tickets through the stands. It was a lousy day so just over 14,000 attended with the Yanks and Jints, as well as the Polo Grounds staff. donating their labor. I think it is potentially the first National-American League match-up of New York ballclubs in the twentieth century. It certainly was the first professional baseball game in the City of New York on a Sunday (NY Times confirms this). This was during the years of the "blue laws" which prohibited just about everything on a Sunday. Admission was technically free and purchasing a program went to the charity. The Giants won 11-2 as Manager John McGraw (originally from Cortland County and hated to lose) used all his starters.

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