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1891 Boston Reds (vs. St. Louis) American Association Program with Hugh Duffy on Cover - Final Year of the American Association
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,185
This extremely rare and unusual accordian-style program, issued in 1891 for an American Association game between the Boston Reds and St. Louis at the Congress Street Grounds in Boston, features a portrait illustration of Boston outfielder (and future Hall of Famer) Hugh Duffy on the cover. The preprinted lineups include Duffy, Brouthers, Brown, Farrell, and Buffinton for Boston, and Hoy, Comiskey, McCarthy, and O'Neill for St. Louis. The score pages have been neatly scored in pencil and record a 4-3 St. Louis victory. Although the program is undated, research indicates that the only 4-3 Boston home loss to St. Louis in 1891 occurred on July 9th. Boston was the league champion in 1891, which marked the final year of existence for the American Association. Unfortunately, interleague squabbling prevented the Reds from facing the National League champion Boston Beaneaters in the World Series that fall, leaving neither team with exclusive bragging rights over the winter. All programs from the early 1890s are extremely rare, especially those of such exceptional display value and multicolor printing. The fact that the offered program dates to the final season of the American Association and features Hugh Duffy on the cover makes it one of the most desirable examples imaginable. Published by Harry M. Stevens in the earliest years of his program-printing business. The program (4 x 7 inches) displays a few minor tears along the fold lines and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,185
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