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1912 Boston vs New York Scorecard

Lot Number 573

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In terms of vintage, stadium-issued scorecards, one will be hard-pressed to find an example as stellar as this 1912 South End Grounds souvenir. Issued for a game between the New York Giants and Boston Braves, this eight-page publication is remarkable on several fronts. It is one of few survivors from the short-lived edifice (which would be demolished in 1914) with a seating capacity of just 6,800. That fact aside, it is in remarkable condition as far as stadium publications go. In this and in subsequent decades, such items were almost always prone to compacting folds. This has none! Additionally, the center pages feature scoring grids with pre-printed lineups that, in the visitors’ case, list legends such as Mathewson, Marquard, Merkle and Snodgrass. For the sake of accuracy, we report that the front and back covers are partially (a little more than halfway) detached, though they still remain affixed via the bottom original factory staple. It’s likely that the Giants prevailed on this day, as they went 18-3 against the Braves that year to win the National League pennant (a full 52 games up on the last-place Braves). Ironically, it was the “other” Boston venue with which the Giants are forever linked in infamy as they lost the decisive Game 8 of that year’s World Series when Snodgrass and Merkle made 10th-inning miscues.

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