Photographic Portraits
"Baby" Anson with Philadelphia 1874
Anson with the Philadephia Athletics in 1875
Cap during his player-captain days for the Chicago White Stockings
The captain poses for a portrait
Anson studio photograph from
Scott Studios of Chicago, IL
Anson studio photograph
Anson cabinet photo from circa 1895.
Scott Studios of Chicago, IL
"Pop" Anson at the end of his career, with the Chicago Colts
Anson (far right) as manager of Anson's Colts, a semi-professional Chicago Park League team
Coaching from the bench
Warming up a Colt's pitcher
Hitting fungos as manager of Anson's Colts
Anson presents a commerative bat to Ed Reubach of the Chicago Cubs
Cap Anson enjoys a cigar
Anson studio photograph from
Scott Studios of Chicago, IL
Studio photo, 1904
Anson (center) meeting with fellow members of Chicago's Democratic Party
Anson at his City Clerk's desk
In role of City Clerk, Anson swore in new Chicago Mayor Busse
Posed portrait
Anson studio photograph from
DeHaven Studios of Chicago, IL
Anson studio photograph as Chicago City Clerk
Anson studio photograph from Vaudeville acting period
As proprieter of Anson Billards & Bowling Hall, 1915
Unique photo taken of Cap Anson (right) and his daughters Adele and Dorothy
meeting President Warren Harding (left) on the White House lawn, circa 1922.

 

Illustrations
July 25, 1874 Harpers Weekly Woodcut picturing "Baby" Anson playing for the Philadelphia Athletics
1897 Printing Plate from the defunct "Chicago Record" newspaper
Vaudeville Poster for "A Runaway Colt"
Oil Painting by sports artist Dick Perez
Oil Painting by sports artist Dick Perez
Woodblock Print from artist Bill Watson
Engraving - Artist Unknown
Watercolor - Artist Unknown
Newspaper Illustration
From artist Ben Sakoguchi's imaginative "Unauthorized History of Baseball" Orange Carton Label Series
From artist Ben Sakoguchi's imaginative "Unauthorized History of Baseball" Orange Carton Label Series
Pen & Ink Caricature - Artist Unknown


Team Photos
1869 Marshalltown
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1871 Rockford Forest Citys
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1874 Philadelphia Athletics
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1875 Philadelphia Athletics
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1876 Chicago White Stockings
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1877 Chicago White Stockings
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1879 Chicago White Stockings
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1880 Chicago White Stockings
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1882 Chicago White Stockings
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1885 Chicago White Stockings
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1887 Chicago White Stockings
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1888 Chicago White Stockings
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1888-89 Chicago World Tourists
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1889 Chicago White Stockings
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1895 Chicago White Stockings
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1896 Chicago White Stockings
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1907 Cap Anson's Colts
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1907 Cap Anson's Colts
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Note on a Commonly Misidentified Photograph

This photo, originating from the Otis Bettmann Archive and currently managed by Corbis Images, has for many years been a purported Cap Anson portrait. However, it is most certainly misidentified. A close inspection of the ear shape, cheekbones, nose, eyes and chin identifies the photo as Pfeffer when compared to his known photographs. The majority of 19th century baseball historians and experts agree that the image is of Anson's teammate, Fred Pfeffer, the second baseman in Chicago's "Stonewall Infield" of the late 1880's. Notably, Mark Rucker, President & Curator of The Rucker Archive and noted 19th century baseball photography expert concurred with the assessment here, stating that the the photo "is definitely Pfeffer" in a September 10, 2014 email.

Because the image continues to be marketed as Anson by Corbis Images, it has been used in the creation of several baseball cards by major manufacturers including Upper Deck and Panini. It is the hope of www.capanson.com to correct this historical inaccuracy and persuade Corbis, Upper Deck, Panini and others from future usage of this image when identified as Cap Anson. Multiple emails to Corbis have not been acknowledged or given the courtesy of a reply to date.

Fred Pfeffer Old Judge Cabinet

Anson and Pfeffer Side-by-Side Comparison (Anson - center, Pfeffer - right of center)

Baseball Cards misidentfied as Cap Anson (image of Fred Pfeffer)