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1850-1992 Baseball Sheet Music Collection (215)
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $8,700.00
Extraordinary collection of baseball sheet music spanning the years 1850 to 1992. Music has always played an integral part in baseball history. From the earliest days of the game, songs have been written in celebration of the game, its most popular teams, and players. This grouping of 215 sheets represents one of the most comprehensive collections of baseball sheet music ever assembled, let alone offered as a single collection. Included are dozens of significant rarities. Fifteen sheet musics are from the nineteenth century, and 177 were published before 1950. Only thirty-eight titles are post-1950. Painstakingly assembled by our consignor one at a time over a period of twenty years, this offering is perhaps rivaled only by the famed Halper collection of baseball sheet music sold in 1999, which numbered 257 pieces. Every sheet music in the collection pertains to baseball in some way, either overtly (picturing a baseball scene on the cover or mentioning baseball in the title) or in some cases subtly (a song written by a player or a player's name mentioned in the lyrics). Twenty of the sheets represent publishing variations for thirteen different titles, thus there are 195 different song titles in total. Also included is a handwritten sheet composed by Henry Chadwick (accompanied by an LOA from his grandson) as well as two other interesting handwritten baseball song lyrics. Many specific ballplayers and teams are pictured or referenced in the collection, from the 1869 Cincinnati Reds (with portraits pictured on the cover of the classic Red Stockings sheet music) to Ty Cobb (on the cover of the 1912 King of Clubs ) to Mickey Mantle (1956 I love Mickey featuring Mantle with singer Theresa Brewer). Included are many other highlights, such as sheet musics picturing Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, various teams, and, of course, many extraordinary generic titles with striking artwork and amusing titles. A selection of the many titles included follows: 1850 Victoria Polka , written by Henry Chadwick; 1863 Capitoline Polka (the Capitoline Grounds was home to the Brooklyn Atlantics); 1867 Base Ball Waltz (dedicated to the Kent Base Ball Club of Grand Rapids, Michigan); 1867 Home Run Galop (cover only); 1867 Monthly Amusements (one of the twelve vignettes on the cover pictures a baseball game); 1869 Red Stockings (cover only) dating from the Cincinnati Reds Stockings' inaugural season and featuring engraved portrait images of each team member including Harry Wright, George Wright, Asa Brainard and Charlie Gould (with professional restoration to an approximate 3.5 x 1 inch area of paper loss in upper right border, not affecting portraits or type, otherwise in Very Good to Excellent condition, framed to total dimensions of 16.5 x 20 inches); Circa 1885 Over The Fence Is Out , Yes Waltz ; 1886 Base Ball - American Association Vs. League Comic Song ; 1889 On The Diamond ; 1890 Finnegan The Umpire ; 1890 The Pennant Yorke (dedicated to the New-York and Brooklyn B.B. Teams); 1894 The National League March ; 1895 Games We Used To Play ; 1896 Win. Mercer Two-Step (dedicated to Mr. Win. Mercer and the Washington Base Ball Club); 1897 The Warmest Baby In The Bunch ; 1897 M.A.C. March and Two-Step ; 1899 A Dream Of Heaven Waltz (pictures John Philip Sousa's ball team on back cover); 1900 The Pennant Winner; 1904 Husky Hans (Honus Wagner on cover, poor condition); 1905 American League Two-Step ; 1907 Brother Noah Gave Out Checks For Rain ; 1907 Cubs On Parade (dedicated to Mr. Frank Chance); 1907 The White Sox March (dedicated to Charles A. Comiskey and featuring portrait photos of all of the team members); 1908 Between You And Me (written by Johnny Evers and Joe Tinker, and featuring photos of each player in uniform); 1908 The Millionaires March Two-Step (pictures a ball club on cover); 1908 Take Me Out To The Ball Game (two 1908 variations); 1909 Hurray For Our Base Ball Team (pictures portrait images of each Major League manager as well as League presidents Ban Johnson and Harry Pulliam); 1909 Let's Get The Umpire's Goat ; 1909 My Old Man Is Base Ball Mad ; 1910 I Can't Miss That Ball Game ; 1910 Little Puff Of Smoke Good Night (words by Ring Lardner, lyrics by White Sox pitcher Doc White, photo of Doc White on cover, two variations); 1911 The Base Ball Glide ; 1911 Come On To The Base-Ball Game (two variations); 1912 King of Clubs (full-length photo of Cobb at bat on cover, minor edge wear, overall Excellent appearance, matted and framed to total dimensions of 15.25 x 18.75 inches); 1912 The Marquard Glide (photo of Rube Marquard on cover); 1912 Remember Me To My Old Gal (two variations, one pictures Doc White and George Moriarity on cover, the other Chief Bender, Jack Coombs and Cy Morgan); 1912 Those Ragtime Melodies (two variations, each with a photo of Rube Marquard on cover); 1912 Three Cheers Base-Ball Is A Grand Old Game (illustrations of Chief Bender, Jack Coombs and Cy Morgan on cover); 1912 Baseball's The Game For Me (photo of Rube Marquard on cover); 1920 Oh! You Babe Ruth (photo of Ruth on cover); 1923 Babe Ruth He Is A Home Run Guy ; 1925 Bucky Boy (photo of Bucky Harris on cover); 1928 Babe Ruth! Babe Ruth! - We Know What He Can Do ; 1928 Where The Shy Little Violets Grow (photo of Waite Hoyt on cover); 1929 The Galloping A's ; 1929 Here Comes My Ball And Chain (photo of Waite Hoyt on cover); 1931 It's A Grand Old Game (two variations); 1933 Come On, Let's Root For The Red Birds (photos of Columbus Red Birds on cover including Paul Dean); 1934 The Tiger Team Song (Tigers team photo on cover); 1938 When A Cowboy Goes To Town (from the movie Rawhide , photo of Lou Gehrig on cover); 1941 Joltin' Joe DiMaggio (photo of DiMaggio on cover); 1947 Babe (photo of Ruth on cover); 1948 Our Bambino (photo of Ruth on cover); 1948 Safe At Home (illustration of Ruth on cover); 1950 Grand Old Man Of Baseball (photo of Connie Mack on cover); 1956 I Love Mickey (photo of Mickey Mantle on cover); 1973 Move Over, Babe - Here Comes Henry (Aaron on cover). The approximate condition breakdown is as follows: 34% Excellent or better condition, 50% Very Good condition, 15% Good Condition, 1% lesser. Approximately 10% of the sheets have pencil or ink notations written on the cover (mostly the names of former owners). Most measure approximately 10 x 14 inches. Total 215 sheets plus three miscellaneous handwritten song lyrics for a total of 218 items. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (Open).
Additional images are available at http://photos.yahoo.com/reaphotos. SOLD FOR $8,700.00
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