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1911 New York Giants Testimonial Program with McGraw on the Cover
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $540
Exceedingly rare program issued for the "Monster Testimonial Tendered To New York Giants, National League Champions, 1912," held at the New York Theatre on October 15, 1911. (At that time, pennant-winning teams were commonly referred to as "League Champions" for the following season until they were dethroned.) The substantial twenty-page program features a portrait image of Giants manager John McGraw on the front cover, who is referred to as "The Wizard of Baseball." As noted in the text, this testimonial was held "in conjunction with the presentation of the pennant to our beloved baseball club, the Giants." In addition to a listing of committee members, the interior pages display numerous photos of prominent players, managers, team/league officials, reporters, and other dignitaries, including Frank Chance, Roger Bresnahan, Connie Mack, Hughie Jennings, Ned Hanlon, Hal Chase, Henry Chadwick, August Herrmann, Ban Johnson, Thomas Lynch, Harry M. Stevens, and New York Mayor William Gaynor. This is the first example of this program we have ever seen, let alone handled, making it one of the rarest souvenirs extant dating from the Giants' 1911 pennant-winning season. Interestingly, the testimonial was held on the day after the first game of the 1911 World Series between the Giants and Athletics. The New York fans were obviously in good spirits that night, as the Giants defeated the A's 2-1 in Game 1. Unfortunately, the rest of the Series was not nearly as joyous an affair, with the A's winning four of the next five to capture the World Championship. The program (7.5 x 10 inches) displays light discoloration along the base and left side of the front cover, as well as minor edge tears and a few small creases to some of the interior pages. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $540
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