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1914 Chicago (vs. Pittsburgh) Federal League Program

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,350

Official 1914 Chicago Chi-Feds program from the short-lived Federal League (1914-1915). Federal League programs are extremely rare and are noted for their colorful, attractively designed covers which are ideal for display. The offered example is no exception, featuring a beautiful cover illustration of two generic ballplayers on either side of a portrait photo of Chicago player/manager Joe Tinker. This program was issued for a game against the Pittsburgh Rebels and the preprinted interior lineups include Tinker, Zwilling, and Wilson for Chicago, and Bradley, Oaks, and Savage for Pittsburgh. Neatly scored in pencil. The Federal League was formed in 1914 as a third Major League. Not only was the Federal League successful in “stealing” many of the top stars from the National and American leagues, but it also sued Organized Baseball on the grounds that it is an illegal trust. Following the 1915 season, the owners of the Federal League reached a “peace agreement” with Organized Baseball and, after receiving a hefty buyout, officially disbanded. The substantial forty-eight page program (6 x 9 inches) bears the year, "1914," written on the cover in pencil and is otherwise in Excellent condition. This is an extremely attractive program dating from the Federal League's inaugural season. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,350

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