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Lot 308.  2 New York Giants Programs – 1939 vs. the Boston Bees and 1949 vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. Neither program is scored. The 12-page program from 1939 has five future Hall of Fame members in the pre-printed lineups or reserve pitcher or coaching staff lists: Carl Hubbell, Mel Ott and Bill Terry, manager, for New York, and Al Lopez and Casey Stengel, manager, for Boston. The program is f-g, complete with numerous chips; all of the text is present. The 24-page 1949 program has a full-page photo of Giants manager Leo Durocher and articles with photos of outfielder Sid Gordon and retired pitching great Carl Hubbell, who was in charge of the New York team’s farm system. Future Hall of Fame members in the pre-printed program include Ralph Kiner for the Pirates and Durocher, Monte Irvin and Johnny Mize for the Giants. Irvin was in his first MLB season. He made his National League debut on July 8 and appeared in 36 games. The program is vg+ to ex with the center folio loose.
Winning Bid $10     


Lot 310.  1944 Pittsburgh Pirates at Chicago Cubs World War II Program. This 12-page program is neatly scored in pencil for the first three innings. Hank Wyse was the starting pitcher for Chicago, and Rip Sewell, for Pittsburgh. One Hall of Fame member and two future HoFers are on the rosters in the program – Honus Wagner, a Pirates coach, elected to the HoF in 1936; Frankie Frisch, the Pirates manager, elected in 1947, and Jimmie Foxx, a Cubs coach, in 1951. The program has a full-color page listing the names of 22 Cubs players serving in the military, and another page with the “Star Spangled Banner.” The program is ex. .
Winning Bid $15     


Lot 315.  Ticket Stubs for 3 Pittsburgh Pirates 1949 Baseball Games. 1. July 7 – In 13 innings, Pittsburgh beat Chicago, 6-5, on a walk-off home run by catcher Phil Masi. In the role of reliever, Rip Sewell was the winning pitcher. Chicago catcher Mickey Owen drove in two runs. Ex 5 rain check with two small, light creases visible only on the back, which has a small area of soiling along the top edge. 2. July 31 – The Pirates and Boston Braves played two, and each team recorded a win. Game 1, Boston 9, Pittsburgh 1. For Boston, Johnny Sain pitched a complete game; the only run he surrendered was on a home run by catcher Clyde McCullough. For Pittsburgh, Cliff Chambers took the loss. Del Crandall and Al Dark each had three hits for Boston, and left fielder Marv Rickert drove in four runs. Game 2, Pittsburgh 6, Boston 5. Dino Restelli, with a home run, and Tom Saffell each drove in two runs and Harry Gumbert won in relief. Three Braves, including Hank Sauer, each had two hits. Thin paper rain check, g 2 to vg 3, tear along the left edge, and two barely noticeable tiny creases. 3. Aug. 2 – A 5-2 loss to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Center fielder Dino Restelli and catcher Dixie Walker each had two singles for Pittsburgh. Duke Snider contributed three hits for the Dodgers, and Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges each provided two. With a home run and a double, Hodges drove in three runs. Rex Barney got the win, and Bob Chesnes took the loss. The rain check is vg 3 to vg-ex 4 with small, very light creases evident on the back and corners consistent with an ex stub.
Minimum Bid $20     


Lot 349.  3 Statues – Gartlan Ted Williams, Hartland 1988 Dick Groat and the “Manager.” The 4.75” Williams “The Kid” figure shows damage to the bill of the cap and otherwise is mint. The 7.5” statue of Dick Groat from Harland’s 1988 25th Anniversary edition is a mint beauty in its original decorative box, which is nm+. Williams and Groat are accompanied by a 5.25” tall “Manager” figure produced by Hartland in 2005 as a premium for “Sports Collectors Digest.”
Winning Bid $92     


Lot 377.  Pair of Early, Vintage Photographs – Bill Abstein and HoFer Rabbit Maranville. An original 3.5” x 5” photo from 1907-08 shows Bill Abstein during his time with Providence. Primarily a first baseman, Abstein played briefly for Pittsburgh in 1906. A starter in 1909, he represented the Pirates in the T206 card set. In 1910, he appeared in 25 games for the St. Louis Browns. The second photo is a quality 3” x 4.75” snapshot of Rabbit Maranville from 1927, his first year with the St. Louis Cardinals. Maranville played 23 seasons at second base or shortstop in the N.L. and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1954. The Abstein photo shows a good bit of wear and tear while providing a strong action image; fair to good. The Maranville photo is ex with a very nice appearance and a light crease in the upper right.
Winning Bid $35     


Lot 378.  1910s Type 1 Photo of Pittsburgh’s Babe Adams by Noted Baseball Photographer Paul Thompson. Like Charles Conlon, Thompson was important in the development of baseball photography and its contribution to capturing the sport’s history. After graduating from Yale University in 1901, he joined the staff of the “New York Evening Sun” as a reporter and became sports editor. From 1908-29 in New York City, he owned and managed a business that provided news photographs; baseball was among the topics covered. Thompson was responsible for many of the portraits used in the T205 1911 baseball card set. His photos are infrequently offered. This 6.5” x 8.5” photo of Adams has a stamp on the back that Thompson used primarily in the 1910s. Adams’ uniform and other similar photos indicate the photo is from 1918. There is a chip and a small tear in the upper left corner, a very small chip on the lower left corner and a couple of minor creases. After appearing in one game for St. Louis in 1906, Adams pitched for Pittsburgh in 18 seasons. He won at least 20 games twice and concluded his career with a 194-140 record for a .581 winning percentage.
Winning Bid $83     


Lot 379.  Rabbit Maranville 1921 Photo – with the Image Used for His 1922 E120 Card. The image in this 6.5” x 8.5” sepia photo was used also to produce Maranville’s American Caramel card. A partial caption found on the back of another copy of the photo indicates it is from May 20, 1921. The catcher’s glove and hand in the photo do not appear in the card. Printed on relatively thin photographic paper, the photo has multiple light creases and a couple of heavier corner creases. With a copy of the card, it will make an especially interesting display item. (A photocopy of the card is in our online presentation and will accompany the photo.) Playing second base and shortstop, Walter James Vincent “Rabbit” Maranville had a Hall of Fame career in the 1920s-30s with the Braves, Pirates, Cubs, Robins and Cardinals.
Winning Bid $61     


Lot 380.  Original 1921 Charles Conlon Photograph of "Dots" Miller, Type 1. This photo measures 4.75” x 7.25”. Text on reverse, written in Conlon's hand, notes "Pittsburgh 1909". While Miller did, in fact, play for Pittsburgh in 1909, this photo clearly dates from 1921, the first year that they wore this uniform style. An infielder, primarily at first and second base, Miller played for the Phils only in 1920 and 1921. Conlon’s image of Miller is sharp with excellent contrast. The photo has a vertical light scratch outside Miller’s image and a tiny indentation at the left.
Winning Bid $30     


Lot 381.  5 Vintage 1920s-30s Photos Featuring Pittsburgh Pirates Pitchers. Some uncommon images are among these photos. Four Pittsburgh pitchers appear in a 6” x 8” photo with an Aug. 6, 1931 stamp and a very light International News Photos stamp on the back: Ervin Brame, Glenn Spencer, Larry French and Ray Kremer. Kremer helped the Pirates to become World Champions in 1925 by winning 17 games in the regular season and two more in the World Series. He twice led the N.L. in wins and ERA. The photo has a moderate crease near the lower right corner. Emil Yde is one of four Pirates players in individual photos. A Pittsburgh pitcher 1924-27, he is the subject of a 6.5” x 8.5” photo distributed by Pacific & Atlantic Photos, which placed its stamp on the back. The photo has several light or light-to-moderate creases, primarily in the corners, writing in the left border and a chip in the bottom border. His photos are not abundant. Neither are those of Drew Rader. His photo offered here has been neatly trimmed to create a 6.5” x 4.5” die-cut with scrapbook residue on the back. Several light-to-moderate creases are present. Rader’s MLB career consisted of one game for the Pirates in 1921. He pitched two scoreless innings without a decision. A Sept. 26, 1938 World Wide Photo, 5” x 7”, provides a portrait of Robert Klinger, who pitched for the Pirates from 1938-43. The date is on a caption attached to the back of the photo, which is stamped Oct. 1938. In six seasons with Pittsburgh, Klinger’s record was 62-58 with nine saves and an ERA of 3.74. He lost the 1944 and 1945 seasons to World War II. Primarily a relief pitcher in 10 MLB seasons, five with Pittsburgh, Mace Brown is presented by International News Photos in a vintage 5” x 7” portrait. The photo service’s stamp is on the back, along with stamps for Oct. 1938 and June 4, 1939. The photo has several minor creases.
Winning Bid $68     


Lot 382.  4 George Burke Photos Featuring Vintage Images. Decades after his passing, Burke remains one of the most respected and collected baseball photographers. Three 4" x 6" Burke photos offered here are indexed and stamped on the reverse with his 847 Belmont Avenue address in Chicago. One of the players is Gus Suhr, a first baseman for Pittsburgh 1930-39 and then for Philadelphia in 1939 and 1940. A second, identified as “Ernest Osborne,” appears to be Earnest “Tiny” Osborne, a pitcher for the Cubs 1922-24 and the Brooklyn Robins 1924-25. The third player has the name “Homer Betts” on the back of his photo, which may be inaccurate. These photos have strong images and are nm. A 3.5” x 4.5” photo is stamped on the reverse with Burke's RDM Studio, and on the front, with "Burke and Brace Photo" and a N. Drake Avenue address. The player is Russ Bauers, who pitched for Pittsburgh 1936-41 and was among the N.L.’s better pitchers in 1937 and 1938. Ex. Also, a 3.5” x 5” color photo of Pep Young, an infielder, primarily a second baseman, for the Pirates 1933-40. Ex-m to nm.
Winning Bid $45     


Lot 384.  Pie Traynor Vintage Portrait and Wedding Photo. Harold Joseph “Pie” Traynor had a Hall of Fame playing career with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1920-35. He also managed the team from 1934-39 and appeared in five games in 1937. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1948. A 5” x 7” photo from World Wide Photo, dated Oct. 1, 1938, provides a close-up of the popular Pirate, who became a broadcaster in Pittsburgh after baseball. An attached caption misidentifies Traynor as “Russ Bauers,” a Pittsburgh pitcher. An accompanying Certificate of Authenticity from “The Baltimore Sun” for the “Original Archive Photograph” correctly identifies Traynor. The photo has a light, minor crease. A Jan. 4, 1931 Acme Newspictures photo, 6” x 8”, captures the wedding ceremony of Traynor and Eva L. Helmar in Cincinnati. The minister in the photo is identified, but the bridesmaid is not. The photo has a light horizontal crease toward the bottom. A dated caption is attached to the back, which has a Newspaper Enterprise Association stamp dated Jan. 13, 1931, as well as an Acme Newspictures stamp.
Winning Bid $30     


Lot 386.  Two Vintage Pirates Photos – One of Pie Traynor and Paul Waner, and One of Lloyd Waner. An April 10, 1937 Associated Press photo shows Paul Waner signing his 1937 contract “to end a prolonged holdout” as Traynor, the Pirates’ manager, looks over his shoulder. The 7” x 9” photo has a dated AP caption attached. A date stamp on the back is easily readable, while the Associated Press stamp is extremely light. The photo has moderate creases on the images and heavy creases and a small tear along the right edge. On the back, the 6” x 7” photo of Lloyd Waner is dated Jan. 1967 and marked to occupy three columns. Apparently from an unidentified newspaper, it shows moderate and heavy creases. Traynor and the Waner Brothers are all Hall of Fame members, Traynor inducted in 1948, Paul (“Big Poison”) in 1952 and Lloyd (“Little Poison”) in 1967.
Winning Bid $55     


Lot 387.  Two 1938 Vintage News Photos of Al Todd, Pittsburgh Pirates Catcher. In a 6.5” x 8.5” black & white eye-catching glossy photo from International News Photos, Todd strikes a catcher’s pose in full gear. In a separate 6” x 8” photo from Acme Newsphotos, the veteran catcher looks skyward for a foul ball. Interestingly, both photos are dated Sept. 20, 1938 and have a caption presenting the possibility that Todd would be the Pirates’ catcher in the upcoming World Series with the New York Yankees. On Sept. 20, the Pirates led the Chicago Cubs by 4.5 games. When the two teams began a three-game series on Sept. 17, Pittsburgh still led by 1.5 games. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh fans, Chicago swept the series to take a 1.5-game lead – which increased to 2 games in the season’s final week. And Al Todd never did get to play in a World Series game. The photos are winners, however, with a news service stamp and caption on the back. The International News photo has several small, light creases. The Acme example shows minimal, light edit marks on Todd’s chest protector and around his glove, and a crease and some wrinkling toward the bottom. In 11 MLB seasons with the Phillies, Pirates, Dodgers and Cubs, Todd batted .276 with 35 home runs and 366 RBI. For Pittsburgh in 1937 and 1938, he led N.L. catchers in games caught, batted .307 and .265 respectively and drove in 86 and 75 runs.
Winning Bid $40     


Lot 388.  Original “Sporting News” 1942 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Photo with HoFers. Future Hall of Famer Frankie Frisch was the Pirates’ manager in 1942, and another future HoF member, Al Lopez, was their catcher. The 8” x 10” sepia glossy photo from “The Sporting News” has a 1” moderate crease at the right border and several small, minor creases. It is accompanied by a photocopy that identifies each player.
Winning Bid $35     


Lot 389.  2 Vintage 1940s Photos of Rip Sewell, Pittsburgh Pirates Blooper Pitcher. In his first four seasons with Pittsburgh, 1938-41, Truett Banks “Rip” Sewell won 40 games and lost 32. In December 1941, the big toe that Sewell pitched off was injured and permanently damaged in a hunting accident. As a result, he had to modify his pitching motion, and the result was his famous “blooper” pitch. Outfielder teammate Maurice Van Robays dubbed it the “Eephus pitch,” a designation based on the Hebrew word “efes,” which means “nothing.” With this pitch, which sometimes had an arc of as much as 25 feet, Sewell became one of baseball’s best pitchers. From 1942 through 1945, he won 70 games and lost 45 with season records of 17-15, 21-9, 21-12 and 11-9. He was an All-Star twice and finished as high as sixth in MVP voting. A July 14, 1942 Associated Press Wirephoto shows Sewell and his four-year-old son Jimmy in batting poses. Sewell was a decent hitter who drove in 59 runs during his career. On the back, the 8” x 10.5” photo has “Cleveland News” and July 24, 1942 stamps. It is without a top border and has several light-to-moderate creases. An 8” x 9.5” photo dated June 25, 1943 has Sewell in a pitching pose prior to a game. It has a moderate-to-heavy horizontal crease and several other creases. A caption on the back and a stamp identify the photo as originating with the Associated Press after Sewell had become the N.L.’s first nine-game winner in 1943.
Minimum Bid $30     




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