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1908 Cy Young Day Program
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,938
This elaborate baseball-shaped program is one of the era's most classic items and was issued to specially commemorate "Cy Young Day," which was held at the Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston on August 13, 1908. Cy Young was nearing the end of his career in 1908 and the Boston Post chose to honor him by sponsoring a number of baseball-related festivities in his honor. The American League offered its support for the celebration by ensuring that no games were scheduled on August 13th so that a select group of "All-Star" players, including Willie Keeler, Hal Chase, and Jack Chesbro, could travel to Boston and take part in an exhibition game versus the Red Sox. It is reported that over 20,000 fans filled the stands to offer their adulation to the legendary hurler and another 10,000 were turned away at the gate. Naturally, Young was the starter for Boston, and he pleased the capacity crowd by pitching a few innings in the contest. During the game, play was interrupted several times in order to make special presentations to Young, who was so moved by the ceremony that he became too choked up to speak. The ten-page program (five inches in diameter) features a portrait photo of Young on the cover set against a larger photo of countless cheering fans in the grandstand. The interior pages include numerous photographs of Cy Young at various stages of his career. The striking design of this majestic program, which was obviously produced with tremendous care and attention to quality and detail, makes it one of the very best items ever produced relating to Cy Young. The center score-sheet section presents a preprinted lineup for Boston and an additional blank lineup where the names of the opposing "All-Stars" could be written in. The "All-Star" lineup side has not been filled in and the game has not been scored. This is an extremely attractive and significant tribute to the great Cy Young and one of the preeminent baseball programs from the era. In superb Excellent condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,938
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