1891 Boston (vs. Louisville) American Association Program - Final Year of the American Association

Sold For: $1,763

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1203

Item Year: 1891

Category: The Jerry Smolin Collection

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This extremely rare and unusual accordian-style program, issued in 1891 for an American Association game between the Boston Reds and Louisville Colonels at the Congress Street Grounds in Boston, features a portrait illustration of Boston pitcher William Daley on the cover. The preprinted lineups include Jennings, Donovan, Taylor, and Stratton for Louisville, and Duffy, Brouthers, Brown, Farrell, and Buffinton for Boston. Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings made his Major League debut with Louisville on June 1, 1891, appearing in 90 games and finishing the season with a .292 average. He was obviously firmly established as the club's shortstop at the time of this game, for he is listed batting fourth in the preprinted lineup. The score pages have been neatly scored in pencil and record a 6-5 Boston victory. Although the program is undated, research indicates that the only 6-5 home victory for Boston over Louisville in 1891 occurred on July 20th. Boston was the league champion in 1891, which marked the final year of existence for the American Association. Unfortunately, interleague squabbling prevented the Reds from facing the National League champion Boston Beaneaters in the World Series that fall, leaving neither team with exclusive bragging rights over the winter. All programs from the early 1890s are extremely rare, those from the final season of the American Association all the more so, especially those of such exceptional display value and multicolor printing. Published by Harry M. Stevens in the earliest years of his program-printing business. The program (4 x 7 inches) displays a very minor split along one of the three fold lines (of no consequence and mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy) and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,763

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