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1930s Baker Bowl Original Wooden Folding Press Chair

Item Number 18100

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The Phils played for over five decades at the corner of Broad and Lehigh in North Philadelphia in two distinct versions of the Baker Bowl. The first ballpark was made of brick and wood and burned down in 1894. By the next season, the Phillies had rebuilt their home. It seated 18,800 and is judged by historians as the "first modern ballpark" built for baseball. Baker Bowl was home to the Phillies until 1938 and was finally razed in 1950. Offered is a wooden press chair used during the height of the printed media. Measuring 30" tall x 16" wide, it's completely original and fully functioning, with expected mild signs of wear and age overall. Beautifully stamped "Baker Bowl" on the seat's front edge. (Adding to the nostalgia, there appear to be a couple pieces of period chewing gum stuck to the underside.) Accompanied by a notecard pencil tracing of the chair's patent date ("MAR 21, 1916), as well as a accompanied by a 1996 LOA from Mark Murphy of Mitchell & Ness, reading in part, "The previous owners...were a writer for Sports Collectors Digest, Paul Ferrante, and an antiques dealer who originally acquired the seat from a building demolition site in North Philadelphia."



 
 
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