1884 Providence (vs. New York) National League Scorecard

Sold For: $705

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1184

Item Year: 1884

Category: The Jerry Smolin Collection

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This fold-over scorecard, which commemorates an 1884 National League game between the Providence Grays and New York Gothams at the Messer Street Grounds in Providence, features an illustrated portrait of Providence star first baseman Joe Start on the cover. The preprinted lineups include Ewing, Ward, Connor, and Welch for New York, and Hines, Start, Sweeney, and Radford for Providence. The scorecard is neatly scored in pencil and records a 9-0 win by Providence. This game was almost historic. According to the game record kept here, Providence pitcher Charlie Sweeney flirted with perfection through five innings before giving up a single to shortstop Ed Caskin in the sixth. Caskin, who was erased on a double play, was the only runner to reach base for New York as Sweeney faced just the minimum twenty-seven batters in the win. Although the scorecard is undated, research indicates that the only 9-0 home victory by Providence over New York in 1884 occurred on June 17th. Just ten days earlier, Sweeney struck out nineteen batters in a game against Boston, which was a record that stood for an incredible 102 years before being broken by Roger Clemens in 1982 (twenty strikeouts). Sweeney went on to win seventeen games for the eventual National League and World Series Champion Providence Grays before being expelled from the team for leaving the field in the middle of a game. With Sweeney gone, the bulk of the pitching duties fell to Charley Radbourn. "Old Hoss" was more than up for the task, as he went on to win fifty-nine games that year, as well as all three games in the first-ever World Series, which saw Providence sweep the American Association champion New York Metropolitans in three straight. This is an extremely attractive, rare, and colorful scorecard featuring a portrait of Joe Start, one of the era's most highly respected veteran stars. The scorecard (3.75 x 6 inches) remains in spectacular Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $705

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