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1918 US Army vs. U.S. Navy Baseball Program - London, England - Pennock in Lineup for Navy!
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $360
Rare program issued during World War I for a baseball game between the United States Navy and the United States Army on July 4, 1918. The scarcity of this program (this is the first example we have ever seen or heard of) is probably due to the game's overseas locale: "Chelsea Football Ground, Stamford Bridge, London, S. W." As noted on the cover, this game was to be viewed by royalty: "In the presence of Their Majesties The King and Queen and Her Majesty Queen Alexandra." The program, which is not scored, features the preprinted lineups for both teams, including future Hall of Famer Herb Pennock as one of the three possible starting pitchers for Navy. In addition to the scorecard section, the four interior pages provide a brief synopsis of the playing rules for the British fans. The program (8 x 10.25) displays a vertical fold, a two-inch horizontal tear extending from the spine that affects both covers and all of the interior pages, and both adhesive residue and paper loss on the back cover from its having once been mounted, and then removed, from an album. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $360
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