1898 Yale Athletic Calendar (Yearbook) Featuring W. W. Heffelfinger

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Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2629

Item Year: 1898

Category: Internet Only

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1898 Yale Athletic Calendar (a hardbound yearbook-style album) featuring a photo of William Walter “Pudge” Heffelfinger, the first professional football player. Heffelfinger, who was a three-time All American football player at Yale (1888-1891) is pictured on page 17 of the album as a member of the Yale Football coaching staff. Although it was not publicly known at the time, Heffelfinger was secretly paid $500 to play in a football game for the Allegheny Athletic Association against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club on November 12, 1892, thereby making him the first professional player in football history. The album (9.5 x 6.5 inches) displays heavy wear, including light toning and staining to the boards, and near partial separation of the covers from the spine. The pages remain clean and bright. In Good condition overall.
Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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