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1896 Baltimore Orioles Program - Hughie Jennings Cover
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $840
Extremely rare baseball program dating from the glory years of the legendary 1890s Baltimore Orioles and one in a series of programs issued that season by the Orioles featuring a player photo on the cover. The colorful cover features a sepia portrait of Baltimore shortstop and Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings surrounded by an illustrated game-in-progress scene and advertising for a number of local Baltimore establishments. A Pepsin Gum advertisement appears on the back cover. The four-page program was issued for a game against the New York Giants. The interior preprinted lineups include Kelley, Keeler, and Jennings for Baltimore, and Beckley, Van Haltren, and Tiernan for New York. Neatly scored in pencil to record a 10-4 Baltimore win. Research indicates that the only 10-4 Baltimore home victory over New York in 1896 occurred on August 5th. Baltimore captured its third consecutive National League pennant in 1896 and then continued its success in the postseason by sweeping the Cleveland Spiders four games to none in the Temple Cup. (The Temple Cup matched the National League's first and second place finishers in a best-of-seven postseason series to determine the World Champions.) The program (6 x 9 inches) displays a number of light creases throughout, a small area of surface paper loss on the front cover, and a tiny edge tear along the left border that affects both covers and all of the pages. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $840
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