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1917 New York Giants (vs White Sox) World Series Program
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,304
The 1917 World Series program at New York features one of the all-time classic World Series cover designs: an image of President Wilson throwing out the first ball at the opening of the 1917 American League season at Washington. The patriotic cover is especially fitting as America was in the throes of World War I at the time of the Series. The 28-page program features portrait photos of fourteen members of the Giants, as well as a full-page photo of manager John McGraw. Ideally, the preprinted lineup for Chicago, in addition to listing future Hall of Famers Eddie Collins, Ray Schalk, and Red Faber, also features all eight players who would later be banned from baseball for conspiring to "fix" the 1919 World Series: Joe Jackson, Chick Gandil, Hap Felsch, Eddie Cicotte, Lefty Williams, Swede Risberg, Buck Weaver, and Fred McMullen. Among the players listed for New York are Jim Thorpe, Benny Kauff, Buck Herzog, Heinie Zimmerman, and George Burns. The program (9.25 x 11 inches) has been neatly scored in pencil for Game 4 and records a 5-0 Giants victory. Light general wear is evident on both covers and there is partial separation of the covers to the spine at the top staple. The four interior pages are detached from the binding staples as well. The minor flaws aside, this is an outstanding example of this desirable program, with no folds or page tears. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall, but decidedly Excellent in appearance. All pre-1920 World Series programs are rare. This is a highly prized early World Series program and one that is especially noted for its tremendous display value. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,304
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