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1867 Catch It On The Fly Sheet Music

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $940

Sheet music for Catch It On The Fly , composed by Bisco and L. B. Starkweather, published in 1867 by Lyon & Healy, Chicago. The song, as noted on the cover, is dedicated to the Excelsior Club of Chicago and the Forest City Club of Rockford, Illinois., two of the most prominent teams in the Chicago area at the time. The cover features an attractive woodcut illustration of a game in progress. In addition to having a connection to prominent teams of this important early era, and being one of the earliest display pieces featuring an image of a game in progress, this sheet music has an additional great significance relating to the early development of the rules of the game: The title of this sheet music refers to the then-recently adopted significant rule change that stated that only a ball caught "on the fly" would be recorded as an out (previously, balls caught on the fly or on one bounce were counted as outs). The sheet music (10 x 13 inches) displays minor toning around the edges and tiny string holes along the spine from having once been bound in a sheet-music album (a common flaw among early sheet music). In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $940

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