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Early 1900s Baseball Program Collection - Giants, Phillies, and Reds
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $529
Collection of three early Major League baseball programs spanning the years 1904 through 1915. 1) 1904 New York Giants (vs. Chicago). The cover features portrait images of manager John McGraw, ace pitcher "Iron Man" Joe McGinnity, and his batterymate, catcher Jack Warner. The preprinted lineups include Bresnahan, Browne, Warner, and McGinnity for New York, and Chance, Evers, Tinker, and Weimer for Chicago. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 3-2 Cubs victory. Although the program is not dated, research indicates that the game scored here was the first game of a doubleheader that took place on August 4th (the Giants won the second game 3-0). The New York Giants were champions of the National League in 1904, but despite a previous agreement between the two leagues, the Giants refused to meet the American League champion Boston Pilgrims in the World Series. Since no World Series was played that year, this program would serve as the next best alternative for anyone attempting to assemble a comprehensive World Series program collection. The eight-page program (6 x 9.25 inches) displays a vertical fold, a chip in the upper right corner that affects two of the interior pages, near-complete separation along the spine, and a piece of clear tape affixed to the cover in repair of a small tear. In Good condition. 2) 1909 Philadelphia Phillies (opponent unknown). The cover features an illustration of a generic player in a batting pose. Only four interior pages remain; the score sheet is missing. The program (6.75 x 10.5 inches) displays a vertical fold and the pages have separated from the covers; the cover displays as Excellent. 3) 1915 Cincinnati Reds (vs. Brooklyn). The substantial thirty-six-page program features a team photo of the Reds, plus numerous advertisements, on the interior. The preprinted lineups include Groh, Herzog, Griffith, and Leach for Cincinnati, and Stengel, Wheat, Marquard, and Daubert for Brooklyn. Scored in pencil for just the first two innings. This game was either preceded or followed by an amateur game between Uricho and Riverside for the Greater Cincinnati Amateur Association Baseball Championship. That fact is evident by the inclusion of a second scorecard (for that game) that is affixed to the top of the main scorecard. The second scorecard is dated September 26, 1915, and research confirms that the Reds defeated Brooklyn 4-3 in Cincinnati on that date. The program (6 x 9.25 inches) displays a pencil notation on the cover ("Brooklyn vs Cincinnati") and light wear. In Excellent condition. Total: 3 programs. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $529
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