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1859 Trophy Ball from Hoboken's Elysian Fields

1859 Trophy Ball from Hoboken's Elysian Fields

If you like baseball history, you will love this thrilling piece. This exceptionally early baseball was used in a meeting between the Atlantic Base Ball Club of Brooklyn and the Mutual Base Ball Club of New York City, a game played at the famed Elysian Fields in Hoboken, N.J. (often named as the site of the first baseball game ever). The September 19, 1859 game ended with the Atlantics topping the Mutuals by a score of thirty-nine to twenty, with all of this information clearly visible on the painted lemon peel game ball. Information acquired from the Hall of Fame is included, verifying all facts and even including a box score for the game. The thrills don't stop there however. The ball was given to our consignor by Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley in 1946 when renovations to the press room at Ebbets Field resulted in the dismantling of a museum at the park. The gentleman was a groundskeeper at the park at the time and a friend of O'Malley. All of these facts are well delineated in the copies of correspondence between the consignor's son and the Baseball Hall of Fame, included with the lot. Pre-Civil War trophy baseballs are all but impossible to find, making this a piece for only the most serious of baseball historians.


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