1889 Brooklyn BBC Yearbook-Style Program

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Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1794

Item Year: 1889

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Brooklyn BBC yearbook-style program issued for an American Association game against the Kansas City Cowboys in 1889. Perhaps it was the optimism felt by the team's strong second place showing in the 1888 season. Or maybe it was simply a matter of aesthetic sensibilities. Whatever the reason, in 1889 the Brooklyn Bridegrooms of the American Association ceased producing simple two-page fold-over scorecards for their games (the norm for nearly all other teams of that era) and instead issued magnificent 32-page "yearbook" style programs. These official score books are very substantial, with interior pages featuring full-page individual portraits and brief player biographies, along with local advertising. The programs were obviously a hit with fans, as the team repeated the practice in 1890. The offered 32-page program features fifteen individual portrait photos, including McGunnigle (manager), Foutz, Terry, Pinkney, Smith, O'Brien, Caruthers, Burns, Collins, Corkhill, and Clark. The interior preprinted scorecard includes O'Brien, Foutz, and Pinkney for Brooklyn, and Hamilton, Burns, Stearns, and Long for Kansas City. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 9-6 Kansas City victory. The date, "Monday June 3/89," is written in pencil on the Kansas City scoring page, as are the time of the game and a few additional notations. Research confirms that the only 9-6 home loss to Kansas City in 1889 occurred on June 3rd. Despite the loss, the Bridegrooms were champions of the American Association that season, but were defeated by their crosstown rivals, the New York Giants, in the World Series. The program (5 x 6.5 inches) displays light handling wear, but pages 3 through 30 have detached from the covers and the other four pages because of oxidation to the binding staple. Aside from that, the program is in Excellent condition overall. This a very desirable Brooklyn program dating from the club's only AA championship season. Reserve $200. Reserve $400+.

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