Lot 460. 3 Pieces of Early 1900s Sheet Music Linked to the World Champions Philadelphia A’s. Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics won the World Series of 1910, 1911 and 1913. Two pieces of sheet music soon capitalized on the Athletics’ success and the off-season jobs of some players. Like other star players, Cy Morgan, Chief Bender and Jack Coombs supplemented their baseball income by appearing in vaudeville. In fact, some made more from vaudeville than from baseball. Usually, the baseball players had minor roles; the vaudeville stars did most of the acting and singing. In 1911, the three A’s appeared in a vaudeville skit titled “The Learning Game,” which had a baseball theme. Advertising claimed the players were appearing in the uniforms they wore in the World Series. “Oh, Mr. Dream Man, Please Let me Dream Some More,” by Jimmie V. Monaco, was a song in the skit. On the front, the 1911 sheet music for the song pictures Morgan, an A’s pitcher and vaudeville off-season regular. The cover of the 10.5” x 14” sheet music is largely separated from the back cover. Otherwise, the music is vg-ex. The back promotes “I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl that Married Dear Old Dad” as “The Greatest March Ballad Ever Written.” The second sheet music, “Remember Me to My Old Gal,” may very well have a vaudeville connection. The cover claims that this 1912 song was “Successfully Introduced by Those Three Great Ball Players, Chief Bender, Coombs and Morgan, the Heroes of the World’s Series.” They are pictured in uniform on the cover. George Moriarty, third baseman for the Detroit Tigers, wrote the words, and Al. W. Brown and J. Brandon Walsh provided the music. (Moriarty’s name is misspelled “Moriarity.”) Vg+ to ex. Sheet music for “That Baseball Rag” doesn’t mention any A’s or picture them, but the team is designated with a World’s Champions 1913” pennant on the front cover. Dave Wolff wrote the words and Clarence Jones, the music, to this 1913 song. Vg+ with a tiny chip at the bottom right edge of the cover. As published, this sheet music ranges from 10” to 10.5” x 13.5” x 14.” It is complete. Recently, one of these three pieces, with a page missing, was offered for more than $170. We’ll start the bidding a bit lower.
Winning Bid $55
Lot 461. 4 Pieces of Sheet Music with a Baseball Connection – Tigers, Reds, Braves and Yankees. This sheet music, issued as early as 1907 and as recently as 1955, is associated with MLB teams in various ways. “The Tigers Went a Hunting,” from 1907, is dedicated to “Hughey Jennings (the Tigers’ manager) and His Great Ball Club.” His Tigers had won the American League title and were about to face the Cubs in the World Series. The front and back covers have 10 well executed illustrations depicting or related to tigers. The pages are separated, relatively brittle and have edge chips and tears that do not affect the music or illustrations. F+. Thomas H. Griffith, right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, is pictured on the cover of “I’ll Change Your Shadows to Sunshine.” He wrote the words, and Elmer B. Griffith wrote the music. Otherwise, the 1912 song has no connection with the Reds. Parts of two other songs by Thomas Griffith are provided inside the front cover and on the outside of the back cover – “Take me back to old Ohio” and Ireland Dear Old Ireland.” Pages separated, two names on the front cover, g-vg. The most direct association with a team is provided by “The Milwaukee Braves Song,” words and music by Florence Heather Beyer, 1953, ex-m. A New York Yankees cap, punctured by a pitchfork, is on the cover of sheet music for “Whatever Lola Wants” from “Damn Yankees.” This 1955 sheet music is vg. The Tigers and Braves sheet music is scarce.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 561. 14 College or Other School Yearbooks, 1906-38 – Nebraska, Maryland, Johns Hopkins, Etc. Nine of these yearbooks are from the 1920s or earlier. Generally, they have leather or leather-like covers and contain information on faculty and students, including photos of senior class members. Some may have autographs or names added next to individual photos. Most present excellent period artwork. For sports collectors, the 1938 University of Nebraska yearbook devotes 11 pages to football and three to basketball. With a record of 6-1-2, the 1937 Cornhuskers, covered in the 1938 yearbook, finished 11th in the Associated Press poll. Their only loss, by a 13-7 score, was on the road to the University of Pittsburgh, AP’s national champion. Vg-ex with better pages. Additional significant sports content is in three yearbooks, for 1918, 1919 and 1920, from Maryland State College, which became the University of Maryland in 1921. The 1918 yearbook, g-vg, has 14 football pages, four baseball and four basketball; 1919, vg+, six football pages, five basketball and four baseball; and 1920, vg, 20 pages on football and 16 on baseball. These editions are well illustrated. The other yearbooks are: 1906 Johns Hopkins, vg-ex, three pages on football and four on baseball; 1912 National University Law School, yearbook titled “Stare Decisis,” soft leather covers that show corner damage, ex-m pages; 1915 Georgetown University, missing covers and some pages at front and back, 12 pages on 1911-14 football, seven on 1912-15 baseball and six on 1911-12 to 1914-15 basketball; 1921 Reed College (Portland, OR), softcover, somewhat damaged covers, ex pages; 1923 National University Law School, front cover detached, back cover missing; 1925 Bliss Electrical School, vg+ to ex; 1936-37 Allentown Business College, softcover, ex; 1937 Washington College of Law, vg; and 1947 and 1949 Georgetown University School of Medicine, both ex. The Bliss Electrical School, a private, for-profit school established in 1893, is now part of Montgomery College. During World War II, it was one of six engineering schools chosen by the U.S. Navy to participate in the Electronics Training Program; it graduated more than 3,000 students.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 563. 1920s-30s Spalding Guides and Posters on Basketball, Volleyball and Baseball for Women. Three guides, from Spalding’s Athletic Library, are the “Official Basket Ball Guide for Women for 1921-22 vg, 1922-23 g+ (covers detached and present) and 1924-25 g-vg. Given the instructions these guides provide, the authors certainly didn’t anticipate the WBA. Each guide has at least 50 pages, and as many as 70. A 1937 publication, from Spalding’s “Athletic Activities for Women and Girls” series, provides instructions for “Outdoor Baseball” and “Volley Ball for Girls and Women.” Vg. In a 3.5” x 4.5” format, a 64-page Spalding supplement to the “Official Outdoor Baseball Guide for Girls and Women” presents “Outdoor Baseball Rules for Girls and Women,” ex-m. A 1923 publication, “Track and Field Athletics for Girls: Instructions for Acquiring Correct Form,” provides 154 pages of information and instruction; vg with a 3” spine split. This publication covers a wide range of track and field events. Four posters of various sizes accompany these publications: “Basketball Technique” (2, one approximately 10” x 13”, and the other, which is illustrated with photos of girls playing basketball, 13” x 26”); “Volley Ball for Girls and Women,” 14.5” x 18”, and “Outdoor Baseball for Girls Rules Chart,” 19.5” x 23.5.” All of these posters have multiple folds, and except for the baseball poster, all have multiple tears along the folds. Five guides, a supplement and four posters.
Winning Bid $68
Lot 571. 43 Different Issues of “The Sporting News” 1986-1990. The issues are generally ex with a mailing label. The list follows, with key sports figures and special issues identified. 1986: 3/10 Hershel Walker, Doug Flutie, 6/30 George Steinbrenner, Len Bias, 9/29 Roger Clemens, 10/13 World Series issue, 10/27 Mike Schmidt, 11/3 World Series coverage, 11/11 Basketball Special and 11/17 Lawrence Taylor. 1987: 1/19 Super Bowl Preview, 2/2 Giants Win Super Bowl, 2/9 Mike Tyson, 4/13 Baseball Special, 4/27 Magic Johnson, 5/11 Andre Dawson, 8/10 Misleading Baseball Statistics, 9/14, 9/21, 10/19 World Series issue, 10/26 Bo Jackson, 11/16 Eddie Murray, Martina Navratilova, 11/23 Walter Payton and 12/14. 1988: 2/22 Mario Lemieux,, Charles Barkley, 4/11 Baseball Special, 5/16 Mark McGwire, 6/6 Nolan Ryan, 7/11 Baseball Cards and 10/17 Wade Boggs. 1989: 4/10 Ken Griffey Jr. & Sr., 4/24 Pete Rose Banned from Baseball, 5/1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 5/22 Tommy John, 6/19 (150 Years of Baseball issue, cover photos of Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Josh Gibson, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ted Williams and many others), 8/21 Nolan Ryan, 9/4 Pete Rose and 10/16 Ryne Sandberg. 1990: 4/30 Kirby Puckett and Kent Hrbek, 7/16 Lyle Alzado, 7/23 Bert Blyleven, 7/30 Dave Parker, 8/6 Darryl Strawberry, 10/22 Dennis Eckersley and 10/29 Reds celebrate World Series win.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 587. 1930s-40s Child's Baseball Uniform, New York Giants. This size 4 uniform, made by The Tweed Line, was created in a style similar to those which the New York Giants wore in the 1930s and 1940s. The pinstriped uniform is trimmed in navy blue and red (orange logo on the cap), and displays the "NY" logo in a pattern which replicates the New York Giants caps at the time. In general, it's in very good condition, but the armpit area under the right sleeve is separating.
Winning Bid $40