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1957 Ticket Stub from the Last New York Giants Game at the Polo Grounds - From the Keith Sutton Collection - Founding Member of SABR

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $533.25

Ticket stub from the final New York Giants game ever played at the Polo Grounds, on September 29, 1971. In addition to its historical significance, this particular ticket also has the special provenance of originating from the personal collection of Keith Sutton, who was one of the founding members of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research). (A number of Sutton's other personal souvenirs, including cards, programs, and autographs, are offered as separate lots elsewhere in this auction.) Sutton, whose biography can be viewed on the SABR website (http://sabr.org/content/sabr-salute-keith-sutton), was a Giants fan, so it's no surprise that he attended the game to bid his final farewell to the city's oldest franchise (they began play in 1883). Unlike the Dodgers, who did not officially announce their move to Los Angeles until after the season, the Giants made their intentions known on August 19th. Despite the advance notice, only 11,606 fans could bear to witness the club's final game in New York. What they saw was a 9-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates and an end to one of the most eventful chapters in baseball history. As was his custom, Sutton has noted the particulars of the game in blue ink on the ticket. The notations on the front read "Final Giants Game NY," while those on the reverse provide the date and result: "Sun Sept 29, 1957/Pittsburgh 9 NY Giants 1." This is one of only a few ticket stubs we have ever seen from that historic game, and the first we have ever offered. As a point of reference, a full ticket from the final game at Ebbets Field in 1957 appeared as Lot 1086 in REA's May 2012 auction, where it sold for $1,896. Without regard to the handwritten notations, the stub (3.25 x 1.75 inches) remains in Near Mint condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $533.25


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