Ending Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 6:48 PM CST, JG Autographs offers an amazing Harry Wright “The Father of Baseball” Signed Handwritten 1885 Score Card PSA/DNA. Bid and view the items here. All our weekly eBay Auctions run for one week every week, always closing starting at 7:30 PM EST. Our Sports Auctions close EVERY SUNDAY EVENING and our History, Entertainment and Art Auctions End EVERY TUESDAY EVENING.
1885 page removed from Harry Wright’s personal score book, fully handwritten and signed by Wright with his initials “H.W.” in the scorer box.
William Henry “Harry” Wright (January 10, 1835 – October 3, 1895) was an English-born American professional baseball player, manager, and developer. He assembled, managed, and played center field for baseball’s first fully professional team, the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings. He is credited with introducing innovations such as backing up infield plays from the outfield and shifting defensive alignments based on hitters’ tendencies. For his contributions as a manager and developer of the game, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953 by the Veterans Committee. Wright was also the first to make baseball into a business by paying his players up to seven times the pay of the average working man.
Offered is a single page from Wright’s personal scoring book, filled out entirely in the early Hall of Famer’s hand and signed with his initials “H.W.” Wright . The scorebook page captures the events of an 1885 Detroit Wolverines game (not dated). While Wright has not dated the page and the printed dated offers “187( )” as a prefilled in template Wright indeed used this book to score the 1885 season. The page was originally torn out of Wright’s 1885 scorebook, a book which scored many games consecutively. The reverse of this page features wonderful advertisement for the Mahn Dead Ball “The Only Professional Ball for 1877.” This scare piece of baseball history offers an intriguing look into the 19th century game!
Making the piece even more outstanding is the inclusion of two Baseball Hall of Famer players, George Wood and Ned Hanlon.
George Albert Wood (November 9, 1858 – April 4, 1924), also known as “Dandy” Wood, was a Canadian-born professional baseball player and manager whose career spanned from 1878 to 1896. He played 13 seasons of Major League Baseball, primarily as an outfielder, for the Worcester Ruby Legs (1880), Detroit Wolverines (1881–85), Philadelphia Quakers (1886–89), Philadelphia Athletics (1890–91), Baltimore Orioles (1889, 1892), and Cincinnati Reds (1892). Wood is a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
Edward Hugh Hanlon (August 22, 1857 – April 14, 1937), also known as “Foxy Ned”, and sometimes referred to as “The Father of Modern Baseball,” was an American professional baseball player and manager whose career spanned from 1876 to 1914. Hanlon is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Names on the batting line-up are as follows:
George Wood (0 Runs, 3 Hits)
Ned Hanlon (0 Runs, 2 Hits)
Sam Thompson (0 Runs, 0 Hits)
Charlie Bennett (0 Runs, 0 Hits)
Mox McQuery (1 Run, 3 Hits)
Joe Quest (0 Runs, 1 Hit)
Deacon McGuire (0 Runs, 0 Hits)
Gene Moriarty (0 Runs, 0 Hits)
Dan Casey (0 Runs, 1 Hit)
All pencil writing by Wright is as bold as the day it was applied in 1885. The sheet measures 4×6.5″ and is slabbed by PSA/DNA in a holder which measures 6.5×10″. Wright’s passing in 1895 makes him one of the most difficult of all Hall of Fame autographs to obtain.
The page itself remains in wonderful condition, near flawless and virtually pristine with only a single uneven edge from where it was originally torn out of the full score book.
The score page is accompanied by a 1980 limited edition Perez-Steele postcard of Wright #04184 / 10,000.
Additionally the page is authenticate by and includes a JG Autographs, Inc. full Letter of Authenticity and is fully authenticated and slabbed by PSA/DNA. PSA/DNA notes “Authentic Handwriting” on the slab. In the PSA/DNA online database under Certification #84466912 they make an additional notation that the piece is also signed noting, “This item was initialed by Harry Wright.”
A remarkable piece of baseball history!
** Note – The team photograph which is pictured is not included with the auction and is intended as a reference / display graphic only. **
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