1913 Pittsburgh Pirates (vs. Cleveland) Postseason Program with Wagner, Lajoie, and Joe Jackson

Sold For: $540

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1574

Item Year: 1913

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Exceedingly rare program from a best-of-seven postseason series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians in 1913. The series, which was officially sanctioned by the National Baseball Commission, ran on almost concurrent dates with the World Series, and was won by Cleveland in seven games. (The series began on October 6th and ended on October 14th.) Apparently, the powers that be thought a series between the two clubs, each boasting an aging star in Honus Wagner and Napoleon Lajoie, would make for a good draw, but it was ultimately a financial failure. Only 34,350 patrons total turned out for the entire series, compared to a gate of 151,000 for just five World Series games. Neither Wagner (.166), Lajoie (.241), or Jackson (.250) stood out in the series, which was dominated by the pitchers (Cleveland went 36 consecutive innings without scoring at one point). The offered program, issued for a game in Pittsburgh, features a portrait image of a team owner Barney Dreyfuss on the cover. Individual portrait images for seven Pirates players, including Honus Wagner, manager Fred Clarke, and Babe Adams, appear on the interior pages. Interestingly, the portrait image of Wagner used in the program is identical to that used on his legendary T206 tobacco card. The preprinted lineups include Wagner, Carey, Wilson, and Simon for Pittsburgh, and Lajoie, Jackson, Chapman, and Olson for Cleveland. Also listed are the rosters for both World Series participants, the Giants and Athletics. The program is not scored, so we do not know exactly which game it was issued for, but we do know that Games 3, 4, 6,and 7 were played in Pittsburgh. This is the only program from this obscure series we have ever seen and, given the small attendance number for the seven games, we would not be surprised if it turns out to be the only surviving example. The twelve-page program (8 x 9.75 inches) displays a vertical fold, a few small tears, and a tiny border stain that affects all but two of the interior pages. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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