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1870 Red Stockings "Win Streak Ended By Atlantics" Score Sheet, Scored and Signed by Henry

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $13,920.00

The Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first truly professional baseball team on May 4, 1869. The team traveled the country, popularizing the sport, taking on all challengers and establishing an astounding record of eighty-four consecutive victories, which lasted until the sporting world was finally stunned when the invincible Red Stockings were finally defeated by the Brooklyn Atlantics on June 14, 1870. Offered is one of the most significant items which could possibly exist relating to this legendary game, which is universally recognized as one of the most important contests in the history of the Red Stockings, and in all of nineteenth-century baseball. Presented is a scoresheet of this game, personally scored by Henry Chadwick entirely in his hand, detailing the record of the Red Stockings' loss. Chadwick removed the single sheet (6 x 4 inches) from his scorebook, and put it in a scrapbook by pinning it to a page with newspaper clipping accounts of the historic game. The score sheet is entirely scored in Chadwick's hand, and is signed "H. Chadwick" ("8") in the space reserved for the identification of the "Scorer." Chadwick also identifies "C. Mills" of the "Mutual BBC" as the umpire of the game, as well as filling in all "batsmen" and "fielders" names. This scoresheet represents the Cincinnati at bat game record only, listing all the legendary Cincinnati players at bat (including G. Wright, H. Wright, McVey, etc.) and their performances, as well as all Atlantic players as fielders. This is, in effect, one-half of the entire scored record of the game, but all that we have to offer. This is what Chadwick saved to represent this historic game. Chadwick has added the notations "8 - 7 Atlantic Victory" and the date "June 14, 1870" at the top of the score sheet. Chadwick's signature and all names and scoring entries are in pencil, and are neat, clear, and very legible. The score sheet is in Excellent condition, with two pin holes at top and a tiny chip in the lower right corner. Included is the page (9.5 x 7.5 inches) to which the scoresheet was pinned, which is ideal for display with the score sheet. This is an item which is hard to do justice to in terms of significance. It is simply amazing that this extraordinary record of the Atlantics' famous victory over the Red Stockings, scored in the hand of Henry Chadwick, the inventor of the box score, exists at all, let alone has survived to be offered in this sale. This is an extraordinary early baseball document originating from the personal archives of Henry Chadwick. Dimensions: 6.25 x 4 inches. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $13,920.00

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