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Jim Bivin Signed Notecard and Ticket Stub to 1st Night Game in Philadelphia Athletics History (2)

Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $300

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jim Bivin only played one season in the majors, but what a season it was for the twenty-five-year-old right-hander in 1935. On May 24th, in Cincinnati, Bivin pitched the final inning for the Phillies in the first night game in major league history. Then, a week later, on May 30th, he again became part of baseball history as the last pitcher to face Babe Ruth in a major league game. Bivin started the first game of the doubleheader between the Phillies and Boston Braves at Baker Bowl. Bivin retired Ruth on a ground out to first in the top of the first inning, immediately after which Ruth took himself out of the game, never to return. Ruth officially announced his retirement June 1st.

Offered here is an index card inscribed by Jim Bivin, in which he notes both of those historic events, plus what is purported to be a ticket stub from the first night game in Philadelphia Athletics history at Shibe Park on May 16, 1939. 1) The unlined index card is inscribed by Bivin in blue ink: "1935 Phillies - Played the game of Base Ball 17 years and managed the old Brooklyn Dodgers farm clubs for 6 years - Pitched in the first night game in majors and was the last pitcher to pitch to the great 'Babe Ruth.' Sincerely Jim Bivin." Both the text and signature are boldly scripted and grade "10." The card (3 x 5 inches) remains in Excellent to Mint condition. 2) The ticket stub, for a "Grandstand" seat at Shibe Park, bears no preprinted date; however, the notations "May 16, 193_" [the "9" is no longer present due to a tear], and "1st Night Game" are printed on the stub in vintage black ink. While we believe those notations to be 100% accurate, we do have to add the caveat that due to the design of the ticket we have no way to verify that this ticket stub is, indeed, from that historic game, because there is no preprinted date (and we have never seen another example that we can compare it to). That said, we strongly believe it to be exactly what is indicated by the period notations. The stub (1.25 x 3 inches) displays a tiny chip in the upper right corner and is otherwise in Excellent condition. Total: 2 items (Bivin signed card and ticket stub). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $100. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $300

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