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Lot # 971 (of 1512)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1883 Philadelphia Quakers (vs. Chicago) National League Program - Inaugural Season!

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,560

1883 Philadelphia Quakers National League scorecard for a game against the Chicago White Stockings at Recreation Park during the club's inaugural season in the National League. The cover of this fold-over program features an illustration of a game in progress, surrounded by four sporting vignettes. The Quakers (later known as the Phillies) were organized in 1883 by local sporting-goods magnate A. J. Reach and Philadelphia lawyer Colonel John Rogers, and have been a member of the National League since that time, making them one of the league's oldest franchises. (The 1883 Quakers had no ties to Philadelphia's first National League franchise, the Athletics in 1876, which folded after just one season.) The preprinted lineups include Kelly, Anson, Gore, Burns, Goldsmith, Flint, and Pfeffer for Chicago, and Purcell, McClellan, Manning, Lewis, and Harbridge for Philadelphia. Although the scorecard is not dated, it can be conclusively attributed to the club's inaugural 1883 because that was the only season in which Harbridge played with the Quakers. The program is partially scored in pencil through the seventh inning, and records a 22-3 Chicago lead at the time. Research indicates that Chicago defeated Philadelphia 22-4 in the second game of a doubleheader on May 30th of that year. The Philadelphia Quakers finished in last place in their inaugural 1883 season with a dismal 17-81 record, one of the worst Major League seasons ever recorded. The scorecard (4.25 x 6.75 inches) remains in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,560


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