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1920 Scorebook Recording 96 Major League Games with Ruth (Debut w/Yanks!), Cobb, Jackson, Black Sox

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $8,225

Addendum: In the catalog we failed to mention that this book contains the April 14, 1920 game between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Athletics at Philadelphia. This was the opening game of the season for both clubs; therefore IT RECORDS BABE RUTH'S FIRST GAME AS A NEW YORK YANKEE!!

This vintage Reach official score book, dating from the 1920 season, records ninety-six different Major League games spanning the dates April 14th through August 23rd, plus one game from the 1921 season. It is a fascinating piece on many counts, including that this book witnessed and recorded games played by the Black Sox during the trying days during which the Black Sox scandal unfolded. Our consignor purchased this book in 1991 from a memorabilia dealer who provided a written history of the book at the time. According to the dealer, he obtained this book from Art Rebel, a former Major League player in the 1930s and 1940s, who, in turn, acquired it from the estate of Joe Maxwell. The handwritten notation "Joe Maxwell Scorer" appears on the penultimate page of the book. While our research has failed to uncover any information regarding Joe Maxwell, given that notation and the nature of this book, he appears to have been either a sportswriter or an official baseball scorer. The fact that all of the entries in this book record home games for either the Philadelphia (A's and Phillies) or New York (Yankees, Giants, and Robins) clubs, indicates that Maxwell was based somewhere in the vicinity of the two cities. Every single Major League club is represented in this book at least once and the lineups feature the names of all the top stars and many notables, including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Joe Jackson, George Sisler, Tris Speaker, Rogers Hornsby, Harry Hooper, Eddie Cicotte, Red Faber, Lefty Williams, Swede Risberg, Buck Weaver, Ray Schalk, Eddie Collins, Hap Felsch, Frankie Frisch, Zack Wheat, Casey Stengel, Rabbit Maranville, Ross Youngs, George Kelly, Ray Chapman, Joe Wood, and Carl Mays. When we first received this book we immediately checked to see if it recorded the August 16th game at the Polo Grounds between the Yankees and Indians in which Ray Chapman was fatally struck in the head by a pitch from Carl Mays. Unfortunately, it does not, but it does record at least one of Babe Ruth's fifty-four home runs that year, as well as the April 26th game between the Red Sox and A's in which Red Sox shortstop Everett Scott set a then Major League record by playing in his 534th consecutive game. The vast majority of games are scored in pencil, but a few games are in black fountain pen. The book (7 x 4 inches), titled The Official Score Book and published by the A. J. Reach Company of Philadelphia, is heavily worn. There are numerous tears to both of the red leather covers, and nearly all the leather covering to the spine is missing. Still, the book remains firmly bound and all of the interior pages are free of any significant flaws. This is a very unique original source document that offers a fascinating glimpse into major league baseball during the 1920 season. In Good to Very Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $8,225

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