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Nineteenth-Century Baseball Program Collection (5)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,938
Collection of five scarce high-quality nineteenth-century Major League baseball programs/scorecards spanning the years 1884 through 1890. Unless otherwise noted, all of the programs/scorecards have been scored in pencil and many display a few related period pencil notations along the interior. 1) 1884 Providence (vs. Boston) National League scorecard. The fold-over scorecard (3.75 x 6 inches, folded) features an engraved portrait of Providence shortstop Arthur Irwin on the cover. Published by the Strobridge Litho Co., Cincinnati. The preprinted lineups include Morrill, Whitney, Burdock, Hornung, and Sutton for Boston, and Radbourn, Sweeney, Farrell, Hines, and Denny for Providence. Records a fourteen-inning 1-1 tie game. Research indicates that this game took place on June 6th. Providence won the National League pennant in 1884, which earned them the right to take part in the first-ever World Series that fall against the American Association champion New York Mets. On the strength of "Old Hoss" Radbourn's arm, Providence swept the Mets in three games, with Radbourn winning all three. (Even though the Series was a best two out of three, all three games were played.) Ex. 2) 1886 Philadelphia (vs. New York) National League scorecard. The fold-over scorecard (3.75 x 6) features a generic illustration of a ballplayer on the cover, below which is printed "Style is Everything." Published by John B. Sage, Buffalo. The preprinted lineups include O'Rourke, Connor, Ewing, Welch, and Ward for New York, and Irwin, Mulvey, Wood, and Fogarty for Philadelphia. Records (in black fountain pen) an 11-4 Philadelphia victory. One of the interior notations reads "Philadelphia Tuesday May 4th 1886 Umpire Curry." Research confirms that written date. Ex. 3) 1886 Chicago (vs. New York) National League program. The 14-page program (10.5 x 7 inches) is a very unusual program style designed with the scorecard on the cover. The preprinted lineups include O'Rourke, Connor, Ewing, Welch, and Ward for New York, and Anson, Kelly, Gore, Dalrymple, and Pfeffer for Chicago. Records a 7-3 New York victory. The date, "Saturday, July 3, 1886," is preprinted at the top of the score page. Interior pages feature the rules of the game, advertising, and a woodcut portrait of Al Spalding. Ex. 4) 1889 Brooklyn (vs. Philadelphia) American Association program. The substantial thirty-two page yearbook-style program (5 x 6.75 inches) features individual photographs of fifteen Brooklyn team members on the interior pages. Published by Eagle Print, Brooklyn. The preprinted lineups include O'Brien, Terry, Collins, Foutz, Burns, and Pinkney for Brooklyn, and Larkin, Lyons, and Stovey for Philadelphia. Records a 3-2 Philadelphia victory. Research indicates that this game took place on July 20th. Brooklyn captured the American Association pennant in 1889 but lost the World Series to the National League Champion New York Giants in nine games. Vg; with small edge tears on the cover and moderate foxing on the interior pages. 5) 1890 Brooklyn (vs. New York) National League program . The thirty-two page yearbook-style program (5 x 6.75 inches) features individual photographs of seventeen Brooklyn team members on the interior pages. Published by the Sporting Critic Co., New York. The preprinted lineups include O'Brien, Terry, Collins, Foutz, Burns, Bushong, and Pinkney for Brooklyn, and Burkett, Rusie, Tiernan, and Esterbrook for New York. Records a 16-2 Brooklyn victory. Research indicates that this game took place on June 14th. Vg-Ex. Total: 5 programs/scorecards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,938
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