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1890 Philadelphia (vs. Chicago) Players League Scorecard
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $940
Exceedingly rare 1890 Players League fold-over scorecard issued for a game between Philadelphia and Chicago, held in Philadelphia. Players League scorecards are highly prized for their great rarity and historical significance. The Players League was established in 1890 by a group of Major League players who had become dissatisfied with their treatment by team owners. The leader of the movement to form the new league was John Montgomery Ward, one of the top players of his day and president of The Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players. The preceding year Ward led an open revolt against management that resulted in the formation of the renegade league. Unfortunately, financial miscalculations caused The Players League to fold after just one season and most of the players simply returned to their old clubs. The interior preprinted score sheets have been neatly scored in pencil and record a 7-0 victory for Philadelphia. Included among the players listed are Charles Comiskey (who also managed the club), Hugh Duffy, Ned Williamson, Mark Baldwin, Tip O'Neil, Fred Pfeffer, and Jimmy Ryan for Chicago, and Billy Shindle and Phil Knell for Philadelphia. This scorecard is from Philadelphia, and while all Players League programs are rare, this is the only Philadelphia Players League program we have ever seen. The scorecard (5.25 x 8.25 inches) is heavily toned on each cover. A few tiny vintage ink notations appear along the interior, including "Summer 1890." Without regard to the toning, the program is in Excellent to Mint condition. This is an extremely rare relic from this historically important one-year league. Reserve $400. Estimate $800+. SOLD FOR $940
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