1927 New York Yankees (vs. Pirates) World Series Program (Game 3)

Sold For: $2,938

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1270

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Substantial twenty-page large-format program issued for Game 3 of the 1927 World Series between the Yankees and Pirates at Yankee Stadium. The 1927 World Series program has a very broad collecting appeal and is universally regarded as one of the most desirable of all World Series programs. This particular example is new to the hobby. This program, as is the case with all of the 1920s World Series programs in this auction, originates from a noncollector whose grandfather actually attended the game. 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, luckily, just happened to be the earliest and most valuable examples. The cover features large portrait images of each club's respective manager, Miller Huggins and Owen Bush, while the interior pages include photos of league and team officials, as well as portraits of twenty-five members of both the Yankees and Pirates. Published by Harry M. Stevens. The program is neatly scored in black fountain pen for Game 3 of the series and records an 8-1 Yankees victory. The preprinted lineups include Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri, Combs, and Meusel for New York, and L. Waner, P. Waner, and Traynor for Pittsburgh. Ruth, fittingly, hit the first home run of the Series in Game 3, with his seventh-inning blast duly noted on the score sheet. The Yankees, bolstered by a powerful and legendary lineup, which will forever be known as "Murderers Row," swept the Pirates in the 1927 World Series, thus cementing their reputation as the greatest team of all time. 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) and a few neatly written notations along the top border of the front cover. (The vintage black fountain pen notations make note of the results of the previous two games in Pittsburgh; a slightly larger notation on the cover reads "3rd Game.") This is a superb newly-discovered example of one of the great classics of all World Series programs. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.
SOLD FOR $2,938

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