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1894 "The Temple Cup Two-Step March" Sheet Music
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $580.00
Rare 1894 sheet music entitled "The Temple Cup Two-Step March" composed by John W. Cavanagh and dedicated to "Our Champions - The New York Base Ball Club." The cover features a team photo of the 1894 Giants, including John Montgomery Ward, Amos Rusie, George Van Haltren and George Davis, as well as a small photo of the coveted Temple Cup. Published by Howley, Haviland & Co., New York. The printed notation along the top border, "As played by Sousa's peerless band," indicates the tune's popularity at the time. 1894 marked the first of four consecutive Temple Cup series to determine the champions of the National League. The Temple Cup series pitted the National League pennant winners against the second place club in a best of seven series, with the inaugural event matching the Baltimore Orioles (pennant winners) against the New York Giants. Although Baltimore boasted six future Hall of Famers in its lineup, they proved no match for the Giants, who swept the birds in four straight games, thus earning both the cup and this musical tribute. This rare sheet music (4.25 x 5.5 inches) displays a number of moderate condition flaws including a few tears, a stain in the upper right corner, a very light pencil notation along the right border (illegible), a chip to the cover in the lower right corner, and separation along the spine. While technically in only Fair condition, the piece still has an outstanding display value and is one of the few souvenirs from the first Temple Cup Series of 1894. Beautifully framed to total dimensions of 9.5 x 10.5 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $580.00
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