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1889 Philadelphia Athletics (vs. St. Louis) American Association Scorecard
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $474
This extremely rare American Association fold-over scorecard, issued by the Philadelphia Athletics for a game against the St. Louis Browns, is all the more notable for its attractive cover design, which features an illustration of the club's ace pitcher Gus Weyhing. The preprinted lineups (which are typed on paper and affixed to each club's respective scorecard) include Stovey, Lyons, Welch, Larkin, and W. Robinson for Philadelphia, and O'Neill, Robinson, Latham, McCarthy, Milligan, and Stivetts for St. Louis. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 4-4 tie. Research indicates that the only 1889 Athletics home game against the Browns to end in a 4-4 tie took place on September 14th. The game was the second of two on that date and was called on account of darkness. Nineteenth-century scorecards depicting players on the cover have always been highly coveted by collectors and this is the first example we have ever seen depicting Gus Weyhing. Weyhing won thirty games for the Athletics in 1889, which was the fifth highest total in the league. The following season he, along with many other players, bolted to the newly formed Players' League, where he again won over thirty games, this time for Brooklyn. Weyhing is one of only a few players to have played in four different professional leagues: American Association, Player's League, National League, and American League. He retired in 1901 with 264 victories. The scorecard (4.75 x 7.5 inches, folded), is lightly toned and displays two small tears at each end of the fold (spine). In Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $474
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