1922 to 1928 Philadelphia Phillies Financial Register

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Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1895

Item Year: 1922

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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This massive, hard-bound ledger houses the annual financial records of the Philadelphia Phillies from March 1, 1922 to July 30, 1928. The ledger is composed of 298 numbered pages, all but six of which feature the day-by-day financial transactions of the club. (The book begins on page 2 and ends on page 293.) The club's income is recorded on the left-hand page of the ledger, while its expenses are recorded on the right. Unlike the few other period ledgers we have seen, this one does not record individual player salaries, but instead treats them as a single amount; therefore, none of the Phillies players are mentioned by name in this book. Included among the records found here are the gate receipts from all of the club's home games in each respective year, as well as many of its monthly expenses, including that for hotels, train travel, advertising and equipment (there are numerous entries for Hillerich & Bradsby). This ledger provides a treasure trove of information for baseball historians - information, we might add, that is simply not available anywhere else, or for most (if not all) other teams from this era. This is a fascinating and unique archive that has great historical significance and one that would be a valuable addition to any museum-caliber research collection. The ledger (16.5 x 17.5 inches) display moderate-to-heavy wear along the exterior, but the interior pages are all in Excellent to Mint condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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