1914 St. Louis (vs. Indianapolis) Federal League Scorecard

Sold For: $705

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1239

Item Year: 1914

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rare St. Louis Terriers official scorecard from the short-lived Federal League (1914-1915). The fold-over scorecard, dating from the League's inaugural season in 1914, was issued for a game against the eventual league-champion Indianapolis Hoosiers. The preprinted lineups include Tobin, Boucher, W. Miller, Kommers, and Bridwell for St. Louis, and Kauff (the league batting champion in 1914), McKechnie, LaPorte, and Moseley for Indianapolis. Based upon the names listed, this program can be conclusively dated to the 1914 season. Advertisements adorn both covers and also surround the score-sheet section on the interior. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 7-6 Indianapolis victory. Although the scorecard is undated, research indicates that the only 7-6 St. Louis home loss to Indianapolis in 1914 occurred on Thursday, June 4th. The Federal League, which began play in 1914 as a third Major League, posed a serious challenge to the American and National franchises at the time of its formation. Not only was it successful in “stealing” many of the top stars from the National and American Leagues, but it also established four of its eight teams in cities that already had Major League clubs (St. Louis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Brooklyn). Despite those inroads, the Federal League's greatest threat to the Major League establishment was in its lawsuit against organized baseball on the grounds that it was an illegal trust. Following the 1915 season, the owners of the Federal League reached a “peace agreement” with organized baseball and, after receiving a hefty buyout, officially disbanded. The scorecard (7 x 11 inches) displays a horizontal fold, minor toning, a few edge chips/tears, and a small stain on the spine. In Very Good condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $705

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