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1897 National League Scorebook Scored for 18 Games in Boston - Featuring Anson and Wagner

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A major milestone year in baseball history, 1897 saw the passing of the torch from 19th-century hero Cap Anson to 20th-century icon Honus Wagner. Meanwhile, led by Hugh Duffy (11 HRs), Kid Nichols (31 wins), Jimmy Collins (132 RBIs) and Billy Hamilton (66 SBs), the Boston Beaneaters took home the NL crown. One lucky scorekeeper witnessed it all from none other than the Beaneaters' home field at South End Grounds. Meticulously detailed, his scorebook not only documents 18 games (16 Beaneater and 2 minor/semipro), but also notes other charming details like the umpires (including Hank O'Day) and the weather conditions ("pleasant," "cloudy, grounds wet," "heavy ground, cloudy & cold," etc.). At 45 and in his final campaign, Anson picks up 1 hit in 2 games on 8/31 and 9/1, while 23-year-old rookie Wagner raps out 9 hits and 3 runs in doubleheaders on 8/23 and 8/25. The remaining 10 HOFers listed include: Duffy, J. Collins, Hamilton, Nichols, G. Davis, Rusie, D. McGuire, Clarke, Burkett and Wallace. The teams that Boston faced are: Washington, NY, Pittsburg, Louisville, Cleveland and Chicago. Curiously, the names of two Pirates players, Merritt and Donovan, are written on the cover, with Merritt's name appearing two additional times more faintly. Dimensions are 5-1/2 x 7-1/2" and condition is about GD overall with interior spine splits.

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