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1929-1944 Philadelphia Athletics Program and Vintage Photograph Lot

Lot Number 254

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Spanning portions of Connie Mack’s reign and the rise and fall of the Athletics, these (4) items include: (2) Vintage Photos: includes an original October 8, 1929 news service photo from the World Series; and a vintage print from that same series with a 1950s stamping on the reverse (likely an archival print); (2) Programs: a September 10, 1939 Athletics vs. Red Sox Shibe Park program; and a 1944 Athletics vs. Yankees Shibe Park program celebrating Connie Mack’s 50th anniversary. More on our website.

1929 World Series Original Type I News Service Photo: a black-and-white photo measuring 9-15/16 x 7-15/16” depicting Mickey Cochrane and Al Simmons having just crossed the plate in the 9th inning of the 1929 Fall Classic opener at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. On the reverse, a Pacific & Atlantic stamping features a “TRIBUNE TOWER BUREAU” identifier and dates to 1929. The original caption sheet accompanies. The well-preserved item presents beautifully.


1929 World Series Photo: a 9 x 6-3/4” black-and-white photo of October 9, 1929 Game 2 action showing George Earnshaw crossing the plate in a 9-3 Athletics win at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. This appears to be a Type II photo, as the “United Press International Photo” stamping on the reverse dates to 1958-1970. Additionally, ballpoint notations on the reverse were rendered well after 1929.


September 10, 1939 Shibe Park Program: issued for the Athletics vs. Red Sox twinbill, the 16-poage guide features scoring grids for a reunion exhibition between the 1910 World Champion Athletics and the 1929 installment. These grids feature pre-printed lineups and were scored in pencil for the first inning only. Center scoring grids have been marked in pencil to document a 5-1 Red Sox win in which rookie Ted Williams hit a home run. Interestingly, the front cover features three-photo panels of the 1910 and 1929 champions athletics, with Foxx and Grove pictured on the latter squad. On this day for the regularly scheduled doubleheader, Foxx and Grove were both members of the Red Sox. Covers and pages are all present, though the center (scorecard) page has become detached. Amazingly, there are no folds or creases on this program, as most stadium-issued publications from this era were folded to facilitate storage in a pants or jacket pocket.


August 4, 1944 Philadelphia Athletics Program: issued to celebrate Connie Mack’s 50th anniversary as a manager, this 96-page guide features text and pictorial tributes to the Philadelphia fixture. The center pages features unmarked scoring grids for that day’s Athletics vs. Yankees game. The guide presents minimally (VG-EX) with spine and peripheral wear about the covers.     

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