1914 Washington (vs. Philadelphia) American League Program - Clark Griffith Cover

Sold For: $588

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1210

Item Year: 1914

Category: The Jerry Smolin Collection

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This extremely rare 1914 Washington Senators program is noteworthy for the fact that it not only features a portrait image of Washington manager Clark Griffith, "The Man Who Put Washington On The Baseball Map," on the cover, but also displays splendid interior photos of Walter Johnson, Chick Gandil, and the entire Senators team. Johnson is pictured twice in the program, with the smaller of the two used in an advertisement for the Cole Motor Sales Co. Gandil's image appears directly above an advertisement for one of his business establishments, "Arcade Bowling Alleys - 'Chic' Gandil, Proprietor." Individual player photos of Washington catcher Eddie Ainsmith and Washington pitcher Joe Boehling also appear in the program. This twelve-page program is a historian's delight, as it includes numerous period advertisements, highlighted by an example for the United Shoe Machinery Company that consists entirely of a ringing endorsement by A. G. Spalding, who is pictured twice (as he appeared during his playing days, and as he appears at present). The final two pages display the corresponding numbers for each American League pitcher and catcher used on electric scoreboards, which were common sights in most town centers at the time. (Electric scorecards allowed fans to follow the action of games in almost real time; game action was transmitted by wire to an operator who would post the results on the board.) The offered program commemorates a game between Washington and the Philadelphia Athletics, the eventual pennant winners in 1914. The preprinted lineups include Baker, Collins, McInnis, and Murphy for Philadelphia (Plank's name is handwritten in the pitcher's spot), and Gandil, Milan, and Foster for Washington (the Washington lineup as been affixed to the score sheet, as issued). The score sheets are partially scored in pencil. The program (7 x 10 inches) displays a horizontal fold and a few minor edge tears to both the covers and a number of interior pages. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.


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