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1939 Baseball Hall of Fame Dedication Program and 1941 Baseball Hall of Fame Yearbook - Keith Sutton Collection Founding Member of SABR

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,185.00

The Baseball Hall of Fame first opened its doors in 1939, with its dedication on June 12th marking the highlight of our country's yearlong celebration of the Centennial of Baseball. Offered here are two rare publications relating to the founding of the Baseball Hall of Fame. These two items, in addition to their historical significance, also have the special provenance of originating from the personal collection of Keith Sutton, who was one of the founding members of SABR (Society for American Baseball Research). (A number of Sutton's other personal souvenirs, including cards, programs, and autographs, are offered as separate lots elsewhere in this auction.) Sutton, whose biography can be viewed on the SABR website (, was the ultimate baseball fan and we can only assume that he obtained both of these pieces during two of his earliest visits to Cooperstown. 1) Official program issued for the Baseball Centennial Celebration, held at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York, on June 12, 1939. This is the program that was issued on the day the Baseball Hall of Fame was dedicated and its forty pages are filled with photos, articles, and a timetable of the various events taking place that day. The culmination of the day's festivities was an exhibition game played at Doubleday Field between an American and a National League team made up of players from all sixteen Major League clubs. The teams were captained by Eddie Collins and Honus Wagner, respectively, and score sheets (unscored) for each club are included within the program. This is an extremely significant souvenir from that historic day and one that is also exceedingly rare. Programs from the June 12, 1939, Hall of Fame dedication are seldom encountered and we cannot recall having seen more than just a few others over the years. The program (8.5 x 11 inches) displays vintage tape reinforcement along the spine (not in repair of any tears or separation) and a few light creases on the cover in the lower right. Without regard to the tape, the program is in Excellent condition overall. 2) Circa 1941 Baseball Hall of Fame Yearbook. This is a spectacular Near Mint example of this early yearbook (9 x 6 inches). While we cannot determine its exact year of issue, the fact that it covers the 1939 Centennial, but only features twenty-six inductees, indicates that it can only date from either 1940 or 1941 (the plaque of Rogers Hornsby, who was inducted in 1942, is not included in the roll call of Hall of Famers). Included with the yearbook is a vintage ticket stub (2 x 1 inches; Ex-Mt) to the museum that, presumably, dates from the time of the program. Total: 3 items (1939 program, circa 1941 yearbook, and ticket stub). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,185.00

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