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1944 Negro League "Twi-Night Three-Team Doubleheader" Scorecard with Josh Gibson and Roy Campanella!
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,200
Official fold-over scorecard from a "Twi-night Three-team Major Negro League Double-Header" held on July 18, 1944, at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. As noted on the interior, the first game matched the Homestead Grays against the Baltimore Elite Giants, while the second game featured the Grays against Ed Bolden's Philadelphia Stars. The front and back covers feature, respectively, individual full-length photos of the top two Negro League stars of the era: Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson. Interestingly, this same program (featuring photos of Paige and Gibson on the covers) was used for the 1942 Negro League World Series. Paige's image here was obviously a case of bait and switch because he was a member of the Kansas City Monarchs in 1944 and therefore did not appear in either game. That's not to say the game lacked star power, however. Included in the preprinted lineups for the three teams are Josh Gibson (Grays), Buck Leonard (Grays), Cool Papa Bell (Grays), Ray Brown (Grays), Jud Wilson (Grays), Roy Campanella (Elite Giants), and Oscar Charleston (as coach of the Stars). This program is interesting as it records a meeting between two of the best catchers in baseball history, let alone Negro League baseball, in Josh Gibson and Roy Campanella. The interior score sheet has been scored in pencil for the first game between the Elite Giants and Homestead Grays and records an 11-5 Grays victory. Individually, its hard to say who had a better game, Gibson or Campanella. Gibson had two hits and a walk in five at bats, including a first-inning home run, while Campanella recorded a double and two singles in five at bats. The scorecard (7.5 x 11.75 inches), which is printed on thin paper stock, displays a horizontal fold and numerous ink and pencil notations on the front and back covers, as well as in the interior (most notations do not appear to be vintage). A pencil notation on the front cover lists the year as 1942, but that is obviously in error (the only year during the 1940s that July 18th fell on a Tuesday was 1944). In Very Good condition overall.
SOLD FOR $1,200
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