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1886 Allegheny (vs. St. Louis) American Association Scorecard (George Miller)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $711
This rare and extremely attractive two-page fold-over scorecard, featuring a portrait image of Allegheny catcher George "Doogie" Miller on the cover, was issued for an American Association game between Allegheny (Pittsburgh) and St. Louis at Recreation Park in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh programs featuring player portraits are among the rarest of all 1880s programs of this style. Presumably quite a few Pittsburgh players were honored in this manner, but these programs are so rare that a checklist has yet to be compiled. In addition to being very rare, the colorful Allegheny portrait programs are also among the most attractive of all nineteenth-century scorecards. The preprinted lineups include Comiskey, O'Neil, Foutz, Gleason, Latham, and Welsh for St. Louis, and Brown, Barkley, Shomberg, and Mann for Allegheny. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 6-2 St. Louis win. Research indicates that the game recorded here was the second game of a doubleheader played on September 8th. The printing along the top and bottom borders, respectively, of the scorecard pages heralds St. Louis' final game in Pittsburgh the next day: "Thursday, Sept. 9th, 4 P. M., Farewell to Champion St. Louis/Thursday, Sept. 9th, Ladies Admitted Free. St. Louis vs. Allegheny." St. Louis captured the World Championship in 1886 by virtue of their six-game victory over the National League Champion Chicago White Stockings in the World Series. 1886 also marked Pittsburgh's final season in the American Association. The following year the franchise joined the National League. Miller was a particularly popular player, and nineteenth-century card collectors are especially familiar with him as he was one of only six ballplayers chosen to be included in the N29 and N43 Allen & Ginter Champions sets. The program (4 x 6.25 inches) remains in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $711
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