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Circa 1877 Harvard University Baseball Scorecard Featuring Thayer and Tyng
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $411.25
Circa 1877 baseball scorecard for a game between Harvard University and Amherst College. This program is of special historical significance as included among the players in the preprinted lineup for Harvard are both team captain Fred Thayer and Jim Tyng. According to most historians, Fred Thayer is credited with having invented the catcher's mask in the spring of 1877, at which time it was first worn by Harvard catcher Jim Tyng. While a number of people challenged Thayer's claim of invention at the time, he did receive a patent for it in 1878. The scorecard (5.25 x 8.75 inches, unfolded) has been neatly scored in pencil and records a 14-3 victory by Harvard. The scorecard displays light glue residue on the reverse from having once been mounted in a scrapbook and is otherwise in Excellent condition overall. Included with the scorecard are two Harvard baseball season-ticket passes (approximately 4 x 2.5 inches each) from the seasons of 1876 and 1877, respectively. Each is made out to "H. W. Cushing" and has light glue marks on the blank reverses; otherwise both are in Excellent condition. A third nineteenth-century Harvard baseball ticket (Vg) undated also accompanies. Total: 4 items (scorecard and three tickets). Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $411.25
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