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1905 New York Giants vs Pittsburgh Pirates Program/Scorecard With Mathewson and Wagner

Lot Number 372

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A vintage diamond keepsake dating back to the origins of dual league play and the first year of continuous World Series installments, this program is a rare and well-preserved survivor. Issued at Exposition Park on June 9, 1905 in Allegheny City (which wasn't annexed into Pittsburgh until 1907), this 12-page guide is scored in graphite pencil to chronicle the host Pirates' 12-6 triumph over the New York Giants. Covers and pages remain completely intact and include advertisements for area establishments, with a single player composite photo on every other page. Clad in his Sunday best on page 1, Honus Wagner apparently had no objections to appearing at the center of an ad for "High Class Vaudeville" at Harry Davis' Amusement Arcade. The center pages feature pre-printed lineups and scoring grids whose handwritten legends definitively date the keepsake to the aforementioned date. While Pittsburgh's Sam Leever was touched for five runs in the opening frame, his club responded with a six-run outburst in the bottom of the first, giving New York's Joe "Iron Man" McGinnity an early exit. Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson went the rest of the way in mop-up duty, while Pittsburgh's Honus Wagner delivered a pair of hits to help Deacon Phillipe to the relief win. Additional historic value is inherent as the guide hails from New York's first-ever world championship season. Having taken over first place just six games into the season, the Giants authored a torrid 62-22 stretch en route to the Fall Classic. This Senior circuit heirloom presents nicely, with only faint vertical creases. An outstanding addition to any high-end baseball publication collection! 

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