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Circa 1919 Comiskey Park Stadium Seat
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $592.50
Rare original freestanding folding seat from Comiskey Park that was in use between the years 1910 and 1947. Comiskey Park, named after club owner Charles Comiskey, opened in 1910 and was home to the White Sox through the 1990 season. This particular chair was one of the originals in that venerable old stadium and ably served in that capacity until the stadium's 1947 renovation (the renovation ultimately reduced the stadium's seating capacity). At that time, it, along with 200 other Comiskey Park seats, were shipped to Waterloo, Iowa, for use at the home park of a minor-league affiliate. That history is detailed in a copy of a 1990 one-page typed letter of provenance from Jerry Klinkowitz, secretary of the Board of Directors of Waterloo Professional Baseball, Inc. In full: "This is to authenticate that the stadium chairs in your possession are originals from Comiskey Park in Chicago, dating from 1910. They came into possession of Waterloo Baseball in 1947, when, as an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, we were given 200 of them from the Comiskey Park renovation (where they were replaced by fix box seating) for use in our own ball park just being opened. They saw use in Waterloo until replaced by new folding chairs in 1983, at which [time] nearly all were junked; these last ones were used in the home locker room." In its 38-year history at Comiskey Park, this seat was witness to a number of memorable events, including two World Series, most notable of which was the infamous 1919 World Series, the first All-Star game in 1933, and numerous East-West Negro League All-Star Games. The seat, which is extremely well worn and heavily weathered, displays loss of paint to both the wood and metal components, and oxidation to most of the exposed metal. One of the four top bolts securing the wood back rest is missing. The chair still folds and unfolds as designed. In Good condition overall. Our consignor purchased this chair in 1992 at a Leland's auction (copy of auction accompanies!) and it has been in his possession since that time. This is both an exceedingly rare Comiskey Park seat and 1919 "Black Sox" World Series association item that is still functional and perfect for display. Dimensions: 15 x 16.5 x 32 inches (unfold). Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $592.50
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