Historical Hockey Memorabilia Auction Winter 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/8/2017
Well remembered for the Game 2 and 3 blasts that gave Frank “Home Run” Baker his sobriquet, the 1911 World Series saw the Philadelphia Athletics reap revenge after being handily defeated by the Giants in the second Fall Classic in 1905. This scarce and highly desirable 1911 World Series program hails from game three of the Series. This Fall Classic was noteworthy for Christy Mathewson’s complete 28 straight shutout innings in World Series play, a record that would stand until surpassed seven years later by a young pitcher named Babe Ruth. Despite late inning heroics in Game 5 including Larry Doyle’s apparent missed touch on home plate, New York succumbed to Philadelphia in Game 6 allowing 13 runs. Scored in pencil, the program features Giants owner John T Brush on the cover, with images of the participants inside along with an interesting advertisement for America’s National Game by Albert Spalding.
At roughly 9” x 11”, the program exhibits a number of flaws with the front and back covers completely detached. There is also some water staining to both covers and the interior, with a 1955 stamp on the back inside page from a Los Angeles book dealer. Rusting is also present along the staples, with heavy toning to the interior as well. 1911 World Series programs rarely make themselves available in any condition, and this example is perfect for any advanced World Series collectors trying to fill in this difficult gap.
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