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1900-1957 Brooklyn Dodgers Scorecard and Yearbook Collection (53) Including Vander Meer's No-Hitter
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $7,703
Substantial collection of forty-four Brooklyn Dodgers programs, spanning the years 1900 through 1957, plus nine Brooklyn Dodgers yearbooks dating from 1949 to 1957, plus three additional Dodgers-related publications, for a total of fifty-six items. The highlight is a scored program from the June 15, 1938, game against Cincinnati, in which Johnny Vander Meer became the first and only pitcher in major league history to pitch two consecutive no-hitters. (Interesting note: This may be one baseball record that will never be broken!) Adding to the significance of the program is the fact that it also commemorates the first night game in Brooklyn Dodgers franchise history. In addition to the Vander Meer no-hitter program, the collection features a number of very early programs, including a 1900 example from the opening game at Washington Park with Keeler, Jennings, Kelley, and McGinnity in the lineup for Brooklyn and a 1908 program for a game against Pittsburgh with Honus Wagner in the lineup for the Pirates. Needless to say, a large number of Hall of Fame players appear in the lineups of these programs. Unless otherwise noted, all of the programs have been scored, with a few also featuring handwritten notations on the cover detailing specifics of the game (date, score, etc.). As one might expect, the earliest programs in this group were either the fold-over variety, or only one or two pages, with the books becoming more substantial as the years went on. Most of the programs from the 1940s and 1950s average twenty pages. Condition ranges from Poor to Excellent, averaging Vg-Ex. The number of programs for each year (if more than one) are noted in parenthesis. 1900 (Giants; fold-over scorecard dates from Brooklyn's opening game at Washington Park [which was the third game of the season] on April 21st. The lineups include Keeler, Jennings, Kelley, and McGinnity for Brooklyn, and Van Haltren, Davis, and Frisbee for New York. Scored to record a 5-2 Brooklyn victory. Gd, with complete separation along spine that has been repaired with tape.), 1907 (New York, four-page program, with Bresnahan in lineup for Giants), 1908 (Pittsburgh, four-page program, with Wagner and Clarke in lineup for Pirates), 1911 (Cincinnati, with Wheat in lineup for Brooklyn), 1914 (Cincinnati, with Wheat and Stengel [home run] in lineup for Brooklyn), 1920 (Chicago; with Grimes and Wheat in lineup for Brooklyn), 1922 (St. Louis, with Hornsby, Bottomley, and Haines in lineup for Cardinals, and Wheat and Grimes for Brooklyn), 1923 (Cincinnati), 1924 (Chicago, not scored), 1926 (New York; with Frisch, Youngs, Lindstrom, Terry, and Jackson in lineup for Giants, and Herman and Wheat for Dodgers), 1928 (St. Louis; with Frisch, Bottomley, Hafey, and Maranville in lineup for Cardinals), 1929 (New York; with Lindstrom [2 home runs], Ott [home run], Terry, and Jackson in lineup for Giants, and Herman [home run] and Bancroft in lineup for Dodgers), 1930 (Chicago; with Cuyler, Wilson [home run], and Hartnett in lineup for Cubs, and Herman [home run] for Dodgers), 1931 (Chicago; with Hornsby [home run], Cuyler, and Wilson in lineup for Cubs), 1932 (New York; with Ott, Terry, Jackson, and Hubbell in lineup for Giants), 1933 (St. Louis; with Dizzy Dean recording a 5-0 shutout), 1934 (St. Louis; "Gas House Gang," Dizzy Dean records a 2-0 shutout and hits a solo home run in the eighth), 1935 (Philadelphia), 1936 (New York; Ott home run), 1937 (St. Louis), 1938 (2; Pittsburgh and Cincinnati; the Cincinnati program is scored to record Johnny Vander Meer's second consecutive no hitter on June 15th, which also marked the first night game in Brooklyn Dodgers franchise history; Gd-Vg), 1939 (New York), 1940 (Chicago, not scored), 1941 (St. Louis, not scored), 1942 (2; St. Louis [partially scored] and Cincinnati), 1943 (Cincinnati, not scored), 1944 (Philadelphia, not scored), 1945 (Boston), 1946 (2; Chicago and St. Louis, both not scored), 1947 (Pittsburgh; Robinson in lineup for Brooklyn), 1948 (2; Pittsburgh and the other missing the scorecard section), 1949 (Cincinnati), 1950 (Pittsburgh, not scored), 1951 (Philadelphia, not scored), 1952 (New York, not scored), 1953 (Cincinnati), 1954 (Milwaukee, not scored), 1955 (Chicago), 1956 (St. Louis, not scored), and 1957 (St. Louis, not scored). Also included are the following publications: 1) a complete run of Brooklyn Dodgers yearbooks from 1949 through 1957 (overall Vg, with the exception of 1953, 1954, and 1955 [Fr-Gd], all of which have tape repair to the spine), 2) a 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Golden Stamp Book (Vg, with stamps applied on the interior), 3) The Dodger Victory Book 1942 (Vg), and 4) The Dodgers 1941 (Vg). Total: 56 items( 44 progams, nine yearbooks, and three miscellaneous publications). Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $7,703
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