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1883 Harry Wright Personal Score Book (Sept. 6 to Oct. 1)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $5,220.00

Green soft-cover gilt-edged forty-page volume entitled "Harry Wright's Pocket Baseball Score Book" was actually used personally by Harry Wright, then manager of the 1883 Providence Grays of the National League, to score the team's games while sitting in the dugout. Included in this volume are sixteen scored games, each completely filled out in Harry Wright's hand in pencil. This volume covers all Providence Grays games played from September 6, 1883 to October 1, 1883. Harry Wright has neatly initialed eleven games "H.W." in the space provided for the identification of the scorer on each game score sheet. Some of the many stars on the Providence and opposing teams (Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, and Buffalo) listed in Wright's hand are Old Hoss Radbourn, Mike "King" Kelly, Cap Anson, Jack Glasscock, Tommy Bond, Ned Hanlon, Pud Galvin, Davy Force, Dan Brouthers, and Jim O'Rourke. Among the many highlight games recorded in this book, is one played on September 8, 1883, considered by many to be the pivotal game of the season for Providence, in which Boston beat Hoss Radbourn, 4-3, in extra innings. The Boston Beaneaters would go on to win the National League pennant, and the Grays wound up in third place behind the Chicago White Stockings. The games are very neatly and elaborately scored by Wright. He has meticulously recorded the details of every hit, put out, error, strike out, and run scored by the Providence Grays and their opponents, as well as wild pitches, passed balls, earned runs, etc., even game times. It is almost hard to believe all of this information could even be recorded and that Harry Wright could still follow the game while doing so. Anyone who has ever tried to score a game knows what a Herculean effort is required to record a small fraction of the information that Harry Wright did every single game. Wright apparently published these blank scoring books for use by others (as noted on the cover, it is "Published by Harry Wright, Boston, 39 Eliot Street"), but we have never actually seen any examples other than those which were used personally by Wright. Harry Wright religiously used these books to score all the games he managed, at least from 1879 to 1892, the years for which his scoring books are known. A colorful front cover of a period baseball scorecard has been neatly attached to the back cover of the book, almost certainly by Wright. This is an extremely important early baseball score book, dating from the season of 1883, personally kept by and once belonging to legendary baseball pioneer Harry Wright. Excellent condition. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $5,220.00

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