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1924 Chicago vs. Detroit Program - Charlie Robertson's Perfect Game!

Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $1,292.50

Some events in baseball simply defy explanation. Case in point is rookie pitcher Charlie Robertson’s performance on April 30, 1922. Robertson, in just the second start of his career, took the mound for the White Sox against the Tigers in Detroit. One hour and fifty-five minutes later he had etched his name in the record books by pitching only the third perfect game in modern-day history. Twenty-seven Tigers batters came to the plate that day and twenty-seven batters had been set down, including Ty Cobb and Harry Heilmann. That historic event is recorded for all posterity in this incredibly rare program from the game, which Chicago won by a score of 2-0. The twelve-page “Official Score Card – Detroit Baseball Club” has been neatly scored in pencil and features nothing but “0s” in the boxes for each Detroit player. Interestingly, the original owner of this program failed to fully appreciate the accomplishment he had just witnessed, as evidenced by the pencil notation on the front cover that simply reads “No Hit Game – Detroit – Chi.” Cobb, who was also the manager of the Tigers, was livid after the game, claiming that Robertson had been doctoring the ball all afternoon. He even collected a number of game balls and sent them to American League president Ban Johnson as evidence of tampering, to no avail. The achievement of a perfect game is perhaps the most difficult feat in baseball. To date, only fifteen modern-day pitchers have thrown a perfect game, and wasn’t until 1956, thirty-four years later, that Robertson’s feat was duplicated by Don Larsen in the World Series. What makes Robertson’s feat even more incredible is the fact that in his eight Major League seasons he never had a winning record. Despite that fact, his photo will forever be displayed in the Baseball Hall of Fame alongside the other fifteen “Perfect” pitchers. This is the only example of this program we have ever seen, and most likely, it will be the last. The program (6 x 9 inches) displays a vertical fold, as well as moderate handling wear, and is in Good to Very Good condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $1,292.50

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