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JG Autographs Offers Amazing Harry Wright “The Father of Baseball” Signed Handwritten 1885 Score Card PSA

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.

The 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 initiails “H.W.” Wright captures the events of two games between the Boston Beaneaters and the Philadelphia Phillies on May 8th, 1885 and May 9th, 1885. The page was originally torn out of Wright’s scorebook, a book which scored many games consecutively; therefore, this page has the Beaneaters lineup from the May 8th game with the Phillies lineup from the May 9th game on its verso. This scare piece of baseball history offers an intriguing look into the 19th century game!

Names on the batting line-ups are as follows:

Boston Beaneaters | May 8th, 1885 | Philadelphia win 6-1 over Boston

Ezra Sutton (0 Runs, 0 Hits)
Mert Hackert (0 Runs, 0 Hits)
Jim Whitney (0 Runs, 1 Hit)
Charlie Buffinton (0 Runs, 1 Hit)
John Morrill (0 Runs, 1 Hit)
Sam Wise (0 Runs, 1 Hit)
Mike Hines (1 Run, 1 Hit)
Jim Manning (0 Runs, 0 Hits)
Pat Dealy (0 Runs, 1 Hit)

Philadelphia Phillies | May 9th, 1885 | Philadelphia win 15-5 over Boston.

Jack Manning (1 Run, 4 Hits)
Tom Lynch (1 Run, 1 Hit)
Al Myers (1 Run, 3 Hits)
Jim Fogarty (1 Run, 2 Hits)
Joe Mulvey (2 Runs, 1 Hit)
Charlie Bastian (3 Runs, 2 Hits)
Sid Farrar (1 Run, 3 Hits)
Charlie Ferguson (4 Runs, 1 Hit)
Charlie Ganzel (1 Run, 3 Hits)

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 #5004 / 10,000.

Additionally the page is authenticated 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 #844668712 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!

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