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1939 Baseball Centennial Program Signed by Cobb, Young, Speaker, and Others
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $3,851
Rare official program issued for the Baseball Centennial Celebration, held at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York, on June 12, 1939, signed on the reverse by sixteen individuals, including five players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame that day and four future Hall of Fame inductees. The signatures of the five 1939 inductees are those of Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Tris Speaker, Eddie Collins, and Connie Mack. The four future Hall of Famers represented here are Clark Griffith, Ford Frick, Lloyd Waner, and Charlie Gehringer. The seven remaining signatures are those of James Farley (Postmaster General), Tom Manning, Marvin Owen, Dan MacFayden, Bill Jurges, Eddie Miller, and one other (illegible). The signatures have been boldly scripted in blue fountain pen, with the exception of Young, Griffith, and Owen (each in black fountain pen), and all grade "10." The 1939 Baseball Centennial, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the "birth" of baseball, was a yearlong celebration highlighted by the dedication of the Baseball Hall of Fame on June 12th. This was the official program issued on that historic day and its forty pages are filled with photos, articles, and a timetable of the various events taking place that day. The culmination of the day's festivities was an exhibition game played at Doubleday Field between an American and a National League team made up of players from all sixteen major league clubs. The teams were captained by Eddie Collins and Honus Wagner, respectively. As noted on the interior, Gehringer, MacFayden, Miller, Jurges, Waner, and Owen, all of whom have signed the program, were participants in the exhibition game. This is an extremely significant souvenir from that historic day, all the more so for having been signed by many of the attendees. It is also very scarce; we have seen only a few other Centennial programs over the years. This example originates from one of the most advanced Baseball Centennial collections ever assembled and is further distinguished by its remarkable state of preservation. The program (8.5 x 11 inches) displays a very light center fold, a tiny edge tear at the base of the cover, and very modest handling wear. The interior scorecard sections have not been filled out. In Excellent to Mint condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,851
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