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This 48-page program was dispensed in Chicago’s Weeghman Park for a game played by the hosting Chicago Whales and the visiting Kansas City Packers. This was Federal League baseball, and that circuit now poised itself as a legitimate major league. In the publication’s pages we find unmarked scorecards, and the only superstar cited in either pre-printed lineup is Joe Tinker who, indeed, was the centerpiece of the Whales roster. Furthermore, a photo portrait of the shortstop sensation is centrally featured on the cover. The piece is a standard 6" x 9" and it remains as fresh as original (with discreet professional restoration called upon to repair a short tear on the cover). Of particular intrigue in this program, however, is a paper sheet that’s responsibly pasted (toward the margin) against the first page. Expertly typed, it cites that this is the "Official Score Card of the First Game Played at Chicago by the Chicago Federal League. Friday Afternoon April 24th, 1914.," and, in fountain pen, it was "Presented by John P. Dailey." To be sure, the quality of the typing, and the nature of the attendant penmanship are consistent to the period. However, we have not a clue as to who "John P. Dailey" was. And despite that no scoring was entered in the program, we’re inclined to take the anonymous Mr. Dailey at his word. (The Federal League’s 1914 schedule directed that Chicago host Kansas City on Opening Day.) The implication is momentous as April 24, 1914 marked the grand unveiling of the brand new Weeghman Park – which, of course, shortly evolved to become the mighty shrine we revere as Wrigley Field. In affording Mr. Dailey due credence, we conclude that this program was the first ever to issue from Wrigley Field.
1914 Chicago Whales Opening Day Federal League Scorecard/Program - Featuring Joe Tinker on Cover
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