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1889 Brooklyn BBC Yearbook-Style Program (vs. Baltimore)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $592.50
Brooklyn BBC yearbook-style program issued for an American Association game against the Baltimore Orioles in 1889. Perhaps it was the optimism felt by the team's strong second place showing in the 1888 season. Or maybe it was simply a matter of aesthetic sensibilities. Whatever the reason, in 1889 the Brooklyn Bridegrooms of the American Association ceased producing simple two-page fold-over scorecards for their games (the norm for nearly all other teams of that era) and instead issued magnificent 32-page "yearbook" style programs. These official score books are very substantial, with interior pages featuring full-page individual portraits and brief player biographies, along with local advertising. The programs were obviously a hit with fans, as the team repeated the practice in 1890. The offered 32-page program features fifteen individual portrait photos including McGunnigle (manager), Foutz, Terry, Pinkney, Smith, O'Brien, Caruthers, Burns, Collins, Corkhill, and Clark. The interior preprinted scorecard includes O'Brien, Foutz, Pinkney, and Burns for Brooklyn, and Griffin, Shindle, Tucker, and Mack for Baltimore. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 9-5 Baltimore victory. The date, "Saturday June 23/89," is written in pencil on the Baltimore scoring page, as are the time of the game and a few additional notations. Research confirms that the only 9-5 home loss to Baltimore in 1889 occurred on June 22nd. Despite the loss, the Bridegrooms were champions of the American Association that season, but were defeated by their crosstown rivals, the New York Giants, in the World Series. The program (5 x 6.5 inches) displays light foxing on both covers and oxidation to the single binding staple. The front cover also has a pinhole in the center and a tiny stain in the lower right corner. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This a very desirable Brooklyn program dating from the club's only AA championship season. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600.
SOLD FOR $592.50
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