1914 New York Giants (vs. Boston) Scorecard (Mathewson Defeated by the "Miracle" Braves)

Sold For: $420

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1596

Item Year: 1914

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Eight-page New York Giants program issued for a game against the Boston Braves at the Polo Grounds in 1914. The preprinted lineups on the interior scorecard pages include Mathewson, Meyers, Merkle, Doyle, and Burns for New York, and Evers, Maranville, Connolly, Gowdy, and Devore for Boston. The program is not scored, but the batteries for each team are checked off. Despite the lack of scoring, the program is accompanied by a clipped newspaper article from the game that is headlined "Matty Bows to the Braves; Giants Lose Third in Row." Mathewson lost to lefty George Tyler 2-0 in ten innings in front of 33,000 fans at the Polo Grounds on Saturday, August 15th. The victory gave the Braves a sweep of their three-game series against the Giants and left them just three and a half games behind the Giants in the race for the pennant. The Braves had trailed the Giants by as many as fifteen games in early July but caught fire shortly thereafter. They eventually won the pennant by ten and a half games and then easily defeated the A's in the World Series, thereby earning them the nickname "Miracle" Braves. The program (6.75 x 10.25 inches) displays toning on each page of the scorecard section as a result of the newspaper clipping having been stored inside for these past ninety years. The blue-ink notation "Giants & Braves" appears on the front cover. Aside from those two minor anomalies, the program remains in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.

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