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1914 "Hal Chase Day" and 1914 "Joe Tinker Day" Souvenir Federal League Programs
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,015
Pair of rare fold-over souvenir programs (5.5 x 8 inches), honoring Hal Chase and Joe Tinker, respectively, issued by the Buffalo Federals in 1914. The first was issued for "Hal Chase Day" held on June 25, 1914 (for a game against Pittsburgh), while the other was issued for "Joe Tinker Day" held on July 27, 1914 (for a game against Chicago). Both programs, which are not traditional game programs (they are designed with scoring section included), are complimentary souvenirs given to each fan in attendance. They are nearly identical in design, with each unfolding to reveal an attached photo of the respective player, as well as a brief biography of him on the opposite page. The back cover also features text explaining the importance of each player to the newly formed Federal League. A most fascinating fact about the Chase program is that "Prince Hal" had "jumped" from the American League to the Federal League just four days earlier! Chase was a member of the Chicago White Sox but left the club on June 20th and signed with Buffalo the next day, joining the club while they were in Chicago for a four-game series against the Chicago Feds. The signing of Chase, who was considered by most to be the best first baseman in baseball at the time, was obviously a big event for Buffalo, so much so that they hurriedly decided to honor him by declaring his first game at Federal Field in Buffalo as "Hal Chase Day." Tinker was similarly feted a month later, even though he was the player/manager of the Chicago Feds. The Federal League's signing of Tinker, one third of the immortal double-play combination, Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance, was a huge coup for the league and helped to give it instant credibility. That alone seemed to merit his being honored by the Buffalo club. Any and all material relating to the short-lived Federal League is rare and these two programs are no exception. These represent the only examples for each that we have ever seen. The Chase program displays a few light surface marks on both the front and back cover, and the interior photo (which has detached from the page) has a light corner crease in the lower left. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. The Tinker program is in Excellent condition overall, with a few light creases to the photo and also in the lower left corner (the Tinker photo remains attached as issued). Total: 2 programs. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,015
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