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1914 World Tour "Homecoming" Souvenir Album Issued to Fred Pfeffer
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,920
In the fall of 1913 Charles Comiskey, owner of the White Sox, and John McGraw, manager of the Giants, organized a World Tour to help promote the game of baseball around the globe. Featuring players from each club, as well as a few extra players from other teams, the tour began on December 3, 1913, in Yokohama, Japan, and concluded on February 28, 1914, in Queenstown, Ireland. The tourists returned home on March 6th, arriving in New York where they were given a royal reception. Offered here is a lavish 64-page "Homecoming" souvenir album of the tour that was presented to former Chicago White Stockings player Fred Pfeffer. As noted on the interior, this album was not to be offered for sale and was only distributed to participants and other baseball dignitaries. Pfeffer certainly qualified to receive this album, as he was a member of the first great round-the-world tour in 1888/1889, which saw the White Stockings and a group of all-stars circumnavigate the globe to foster the sport of baseball in faraway lands. The brown suede cover features Pfeffer's name and the title "The Home Coming" in gilt-stamped letters. An illustration of a baseball appears below the title. The interior pages included numerous photos of the participants during the tour, as well as commentary, poems, and songs that commemorate the trip, including a foreword by noted sportswriter and author Ring Lardner. The album (11 x 8 inches) displays moderate wear to the suede covers, including a few tiny edge tears, but the pages remain clean and bright. In Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,920
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