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1938 Gabby Hartnett "Homer in the Gloaming" Scorecard with Period News Clippings
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $822.50
Chicago Cubs scorecard from the September 28, 1938, game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field in which Gabby Hartnett hit his legendary “Homer in the Gloaming.” That fabled home run and the resulting pandemonium that followed, the echoes of which still reverberate throughout Wrigley Field today, will forever be remembered as one of the most exciting moments in baseball history. The Cubs and Pirates were involved in a tight pennant race the entire season and, fittingly, the two teams met in Chicago late in September to decide the outcome. The Pirates came into the three-game series with a game-and-a-half lead that was quickly trimmed to a half-game after the Cubs won the opener. The second game was a hard-fought contest that stood tied 5-5 heading into the ninth. At that point, darkness had set in and the umpires conferred to discuss the situation. Because of the game’s significance, they informed both managers that one more inning would be played. The Pirates failed to score in the top half of the inning and when the Cubs came to bat the field was immersed in almost total darkness. The first two Cubs batters went down in order, leaving the game up to player/manager Gabby Hartnett. With the count 0-2, Hartnett hit the next pitch into the left-field bleachers, thus putting the Cubs into first place. Because of the darkness, many fans at the game never even saw the home run. They simply heard the crack of the bat and, a second later, a load roar coming from the left-field bleachers, confirming the miracle. Hartnett was mobbed by the fans as he crossed the plate and he needed an escort of ushers and police to finally reach the clubhouse. The home run seemed to demoralize the Pirates, as they lost the next day as well, which all but secured the pennant for the Cubs. The interior scorecard bears a number of period ink notations, including the date and score of the game, as well as the personal remembrance: “One of the most exciting games I ever witnessed, especially since pennant hung on outcome." The newspaper headline, “Cubs Take Lead! Gabby Homers to Whip Bucs, 6-5,” has been affixed above the Cubs lineup. The card has not been scored, save for the notation “H.R.” in Hartnett’s ninth-inning box. Accompanying the scorecard are vintage September 29, 1938, newspaper clippings from both the Chicago Daily Times and the Chicago Daily Tribune reporting on the game. In one of the articles, Harnett is quoted as stating that the home run was “The greatest thrill of my life.” Another article reports “player and fan demonstration was greatest at a Cub game in 40 years.” The scorecard (6 x 9 inches) displays a light center vertical fold and is otherwise in Excellent condition. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $822.50
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