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1901 Milwaukee (vs. Washington) Program - American League Inaugural Season - Extreme Rarity!
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,422
Extremely rare 1901 Milwaukee Brewers program, dating from the American League's inaugural season, issued for a game against the Washington Senators on July 28th. This is the ONLY 1901 Milwaukee Brewers program we have ever seen. The colorful cover features a portrait image of Milwaukee player/manager Hugh Duffy along with advertisements from local merchants. Duffy was one of a number of National League stars who were enticed by higher salaries to jump to the newly formed American League in 1901. As such, he is pictured here in a Boston uniform. Milwaukee was only a member of the American League for the 1901 season. The following year the franchise was replaced by St. Louis, making this both a rare and extremely historically significant regular-season program. The sixteen-page program features a short biography of Duffy, as well as both the current American and National League standings, and Milwaukee's home and away schedules. The preprinted lineups include Waldron, Farrell, and Dungan for Washington, and Duffy, Anderson, and Hallman for Milwaukee. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 1-0 Milwaukee victory in what was the first game of a doubleheader on July 28th. The program (6 x 9 inches) displays a horizontal fold and stray pencil marks on the cover. Both covers have been reattached to the facing page, one by means of rice paper on the front and by tape on the back. Also, the rear cover and one additional page are no longer attached to the spine. It is possible (though we are not sure, as sixteen pages seems like an appropriate number, and we have no other example to compare it with!) that the program is missing a few pages in the front because the first page lists playing rules, but it begins with Rule 29. Technically in modest condition, but retaining much of its display value, and extremely significant as an essentially impossible-to-obtain inaugural American League one-year franchise program, and remarkably historic relic relating to professional baseball in Milwaukee. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,422
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