Just a quick one today. I found this post on Futility Closet’s blog here.
“Here are the Boston Beaneaters and the New York Giants on opening day 1886.
“Tempers must have been running high that day — pitcher Old Hoss Radbourn (back row, far left) is giving the finger to the cameraman, the first known photograph of the gesture.”
Here is the photograph again, with the finger circled: