1917 New York Giants (vs. White Sox) World Series Program

Sold For: $1,422

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1036

Item Year: 1917

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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The 1917 World Series program at New York features one of the all-time classic World Series cover designs: an image of President Wilson throwing out the first ball at the opening of the 1917 American League season at Washington. The patriotic cover is especially fitting as America was in the throes of World War I at the time of the Series. The 28-page program features portrait photos of fourteen members of the Giants, as well as a full-page photo of manager John McGraw. Ideally, the preprinted lineup for Chicago, in addition to listing future Hall of Famers Eddie Collins, Ray Schalk, and Red Faber, also features all eight players who would later be banned from baseball for conspiring to "fix" the 1919 World Series: Joe Jackson, Chick Gandil, Hap Felsch, Eddie Cicotte, Lefty Williams, Swede Risberg, Buck Weaver, and Fred McMullen. Among the players listed for New York are Jim Thorpe, Benny Kauff, Buck Herzog, Heinie Zimmerman, and George Burns. The program (9.25 x 11 inches), which has not been scored, displays just light general wear to the covers and is ideal for display. The back cover has a few moderate edge tears, one of which also affects six interior pages. A few additional pages display tiny edge tears, as is often the case with early World Series programs, otherwise all of the pages are clean and bright. The covers, which are still attached to each other, have detached from the spine. In Very Good condition overall. All pre-1920 World Series programs are rare. This is a highly prized early World Series program and one that is especially noted for its tremendous display value. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,422

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