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1860s to 1870s Henry Chadwick Scorebook
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $8,625.00
Peck's New Pocket Base Ball Score Book, 34 pages, copyright 1866, by Andrew Peck, from the library of Henry Chadwick, includes 12 pages (each 4 x 6 inches) which are partially scored, plus two pages which are completely scored, all in Chadwick's hand. One pair of partially scored sheets records a game between two newspaper teams, The Brooklyn Eagles and The Brooklyn Unions (the team fielded by the Standard Union newspaper of Brooklyn), with Henry Chadwick listing himself in the Unions lineup as "H Chadwick" ("8"). This is effectively a Chadwick signature. Another fascinating game recorded is an October 12, 1874 "Veterans Match" between "Knickerbocker Old Timers" and the "Veterans Club of Knick/Assoc." Players in the lineups include Davis and Kissam, among other prominent former Knickerbockers. Chadwick served as umpire for this game, and has signed the score sheet "H Chadwick" ("8") in blue pencil in the space provided for the identification of the umpire. Most of the partially scored sheets have lineups, including player positions, filled out, along with runs scored and various information such as team names, date, umpire, where played, game time length, but all have no scoring detail. Two of the partially scored games are entitled "Old Battles of the Ballfield" at the top by Chadwick, and record early games involving the Excelsiors and Atlantics of Brooklyn. The two fully scored pages represent a June 2, 1877 game between the Nameless and Oscoela teams, both Brooklyn teams. This scorebook was obviously used by Chadwick over a period of years. The fully scored pages date from the 1860s; the sheets with lineups but no scoring detail date from years later. There is some silver fish damage which has resulted in spotted paper loss, almost exclusively to the first three sheets of paper, and primarily along the perimeter. The balance of the pages are virtually unaffected. One page has separated but is present and complete. The balance of the 34 scoring pages were never used. A fascinating scorebook, kept personally by Henry Chadwick, scored entirely in his hand, including two Chadwick signatures. A very worn plain thin cover provides a degree of firmness for the slim scorebook, and was apparently added for protection. Overall Good condition, with most interior pages individually grading Excellent. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $8,625.00
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