1922 New York Giants (vs. Yankees) World Series Program - Game 2

Sold For: $1,058

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1255

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Substantial sixteen-page large-format program issued for the 1922 World Series between the Giants and Yankees. The cover features large portrait images of each club's respective manager, John McGraw and Miller Huggins, while the interior pages include photos of league and team officials, as well as portraits of twenty-two members of both the Yankees and Giants. Because both teams called the Polo Grounds home in 1922, the programs for all of the games, published by Harry M. Stevens, were identical in design. This program has been neatly scored in pencil for Game 2 of the series and records a 3-3 tie. (Interestingly enough, a home run ball off the bat of Irish Meusel from this very game, by coincidence and from a different consignor, is also featured in this auction.) The game and score are also concisely noted in black ink on the front cover "2nd Game - called 10 innings - N.3 A.3." The preprinted lineups include Ruth, B. Meusel, and Shawkey for the Yankees, and Frisch, Kelly, I. Meusel, and Stengel for the Giants. The Giants swept the Yankees in five games in the 1922 World Series (one game ended in a tie). The Giants limited Ruth to just two hits in the five games, with no home runs and only one RBI. Ruth's second and final hit in the Series, a double, occurred in Game 2 and is duly noted in the score section. All of the 1920s World Series programs in this auction, this program included, are new to the hobby and originate from a noncollector whose grandfather actually attended the games. According to the family, his wife later threw out most of the programs her husband had accumulated over the years, except for the few that were on the bottom of the pile, which happened to be from the earliest years. The program (9.25 x 11 inches) displays a light vertical fold (very common, usually as a result of being folded and carried in the back pocket), two "dog-eared" interior pages, and a very unobtrusive border tear on the back cover that has resulted in an approximate 1 x 5-inch area of paper loss on the reverse (not easily apparent and affecting no text or design elements whatsoever). In Very Good condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,058

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