1892 Washington (vs. New York) National League Scorecard - Buck Ewing Cover

Sold For: $1,645

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1201

Item Year: 1892

Category: The Jerry Smolin Collection

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Extraordinary 1892 eight-page accordian-style program featuring a portrait of Buck Ewing on the cover. This is the only example we have ever seen of this incredible rarity. (We have seen one other program of this year and design, suggesting this is one of a rare series of which there are few survivors.) In 1892 the Washington Senators were one of four teams incorporated into the National League after the American Association folded. The addition of Washington seemed an odd choice at the time, given the fact that they were the worst team in the league in 1891. It is fascinating that the Harry Stevens Company chose New York's Buck Ewing, one of the game's top stars of the era, as opposed to a Washington player to be on the cover of this program for a game between the Washington Senators and New York Giants at Boundary Field in Washington. Programs usually feature stars from the local club, though the choice of Ewing may be related as much to his greatness as the fact that Washington did not actually have much in the way of star power. The crystal-clear image captures Ewing in uniform and he is identified in print below his portrait. This preprinted lineups include O'Rourke, Ewing, Gore, Tiernan, and Richardson for New York, and Hoy, Radford, and Larkin for Washington. ("Dummy" Hoy was a deaf-mute, but overcame that handicap to enjoy a highly successful fourteen-year career in the Major Leagues.) The scorecard is neatly scored in pencil and records a 16-14 Washington victory over the Giants. Although undated, research indicates that this slugfest took place on June 22nd and represented one of the few highlights for Washington that year in what was otherwise another dismal season. (Washington never finished higher than sixth place during its eight-year tenure in the league.) The program (4 x 7.25 inches) displays a few small areas of light toning, some natural as-made scattered print marks, as well as a few very small and light creases. In Very Good to Excellent condition. This program is extremely rare and may be unique. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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