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Nineteenth-Century Sheet-Music Collection Including 1869 The Red Stockings' March (5)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,762.50

Back in the "old days," long before the introduction of radio and television, much of the entertainment at home was centered around the piano. As the game of baseball rose in popularity, composers began to pay homage to our national pastime in song. Offered here is a collection of five rare baseball sheet musics dating from the nineteenth century including the 1869 The Red Stockings March . 1) The Red Stockings March . Composed by C. Kinkel and published in 1869 by J. L. Peters, New York. The cover design of this classic nineteenth-century sheet music features portrait illustrations of all nine Red Stockings team members, including manager Harry Wright, George Wright, Asa Brainard, Charlie Gould, and Cal McVey, surrounding an illustration of Brainard on the mound. The sheet music (10.75 x 13 inches) has a few tape repairs to tears along the interior including total reinforcement of the spine. The cover has some soiling and a tiny stain along the top border. Technically in Fair to Good condition; however, nearly all of the flaws are hidden along the interior and the cover remains in overall Very Good to condition. 2) The Atlantic Polka . Composed by Horace Van Tassel and published in 1870 by L. J. Cramer, New York. As noted on the cover, this composition was dedicated to the Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn Atlantics were one of the top teams in the country in 1870 and this song was written in honor of their historic victory over the Cincinnati Red Stockings on June 14th of that year. That loss was the first ever suffered by the Red Stockings. 10.25 x 13.5 inches. In Very Good condition with heavy tape reinforcement along the interior spine. 3) The Day I Played Baseball . Composed by Pat Rooney and published in 1878 by E. H. Harding, New York. A New York music store stamp appears on the front cover. 10.75 x 14 inches. In Excellent condition. 4) Silver Ball March , composed by Charles D. Black and published in 1890 by Oliver Ditson & Co., Boston. This piece, as noted on the cover, was "Respectfully dedicated to the Lowell Base Ball Club," which was one of the most prominent clubs in the New England area during the nineteenth century. The cover features an illustration of a silver ball, the major prize traditionally awarded for organized league play in the nineteenth century. When we have seen this sheet music in the past it has always been attributed to the 1860s. Even this example has written lightly in pencil "Ca 1864" on the cover. This is understandable in that the sheet music does not carry a copyright date, the Lowells were most prominent during 1860s, and this is also the era most closely associated with the silver ball as a baseball award. Our research, however, has confirmed that this classic early sheet music was actually published in 1890. 10.75 x 14 inches. In Very Good condition with light toning throughout and a name written in pencil in the lower right corner of the front cover. 5) Our Ball Team . Composed by John Griffin and published in 1897 by Holy Ghost College, Pittsburgh. The cover features a beautiful photo of a game in progress, most likely at Holy Ghost College. 10.75 x 14 inches. This is a very rare, striking, and unusual sheet music, ideal for display. With minor tape reinforcement to the interior spine and interior tape repair to a few small tears. The cover displays as Excellent. Total: 5 sheet musics. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,762.50

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