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In a tale of extremes, the invincible New York Giants hosted the lowly Washington Nationals (a.k.a. "Statemen") for a contest staged in the Polo Grounds on July 31st in the season of 1888. Derived from that game is this simple fold-over scorecard. Measuring 4-1/4" x 7-1/4", it opens to convey an absolutely awesome New York roster, bespangled with the likes of Roger Connor, Buck Ewing, Orator Jim O’Rourke, Mickey Welch, and Monte Ward. The Washingtons were a bit less imposing, although their young "catchaw," Connie Mack, was starting to show some promise. But the bright spot on the Nationals’ staff was a rookie sensation – the diminutive and stone deaf center fielder named Dummy Hoy. The little pub isn’t scored, but we know that the home nine downed Washington that day, 6-1. Particularly attractive in this piece is the cover which delivers a handsome woodcut drawing of New York superstar, Roger Connor, as his image served to advertise "Photographs of the New York Team and all the Professional Ball Players … Packed in Every Package of Old Judge Cigarettes" – familiarly known in our century as N172 baseball cards.
1888 Washington Nationals at New York Giants National League Scorecard – Featuring Roger Connor on Cover
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