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1890 Brooklyn Base Ball Club Official Score Book (vs Philadelphia)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $533
1890 Brooklyn Base Ball Club official scorebook (5 x 6.5 inches) issued for a National League game against Philadelphia. 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 scorebooks 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 when it moved to the National League. Those two years marked championship seasons for Brooklyn as well. The offered 32-page 1890 National League program (5 x 6.75 inches) features seventeen individual portrait photos, including McGunnigle (manager), Foutz, Lovett, Daly, Terry, Pinkney, Smith, O'Brien, Caruthers, Burns, Collins, Corkhill and Clark. The interior scorecard has preprinted lineups for both Brooklyn and Philadelphia (with Billy Hamilton listed in the lineup for Philadelphia) and is neatly scored in pencil to record a 13-2 Brooklyn win. Research indicates that the only 13-2 Brooklyn home victory over Philadelphia in 1890 occurred in the first game of a doubleheader played on August 20th. That date is also neatly written in pencil on the scoring page. The covers, while still attached to each other, have separated from the spine, but the pages remain firmly bound together. Aside from that, the book displays only light wear and is otherwise in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $533
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