1890 Brooklyn (vs. Chicago) Players League Scorecard

Sold For: $940

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1196

Item Year: 1890

Category: The Jerry Smolin Collection

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Exceedingly rare 1890 Players League fold-over scorecard issued for a game between Brooklyn and Chicago, held at Brooklyn' s Eastern Park. In addition to its rarity as a Players League program, this piece is all the more significant in that it is a Brooklyn scorecard, and therefore features John Ward in the preprinted lineup for Brooklyn. The Brotherhood League, or Players League, as it is most commonly referred to today, was organized in 1890 by a number of rebellious Major League ballplayers who were at odds with ownership over the reserve clause (a contract stipulation which effectively bound a player to a team for life). The leader of the movement to form the new league was John Montgomery Ward, one of the top players of his day and president of The Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players. Brooklyn's entry in the Players League was even nicknamed "Ward's Wonders" in his honor. Although a number of top players joined the Brotherhood, many of the clubs lost their financial backing at season’s end and the Players League folded shortly thereafter. This historically important program dates from the League's brief one-year existence. The preprinted lineups include Duffy, Ryan, O'Neill, Comiskey, Pfeffer, and King for Chicago, and Ward, Joyce, Andrews, Orr, and Van Haltren for Brooklyn. The preprinted names of three Chicago players, Boyle, Bastian, and Barstone, appear on a small sheet of paper affixed to the interior scorecard in the upper right corner. The scorecard has been neatly scored in pencil and records an 8-2 Brooklyn win. Although the scorecard is undated, research indicates that the only 8-2 Brooklyn home victory over Chicago that year occurred on May 17th. The scorecard (4 x 6.5 inches) has a few insignificant very light creases and is otherwise in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $940


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