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This stock certificate documents the evolution of professional baseball in St. Louis. Sportsman’s Park and Club was established in 1881 to take over operations for the Grand Avenue Ballpark. With Chris Vonder Ahe as corporate president and chief stock holder, the St. Louis Browns won 4 consecutive pennants (1885-88). After the American Association folded in 1891, the Browns rejoined the National League along with 12 other teams. Certificate for 3 shares at $25 each is dated March 4, 1891 and bears the perfect black ink signature of President, Chris Vonder Ahe. “Sportsmans Park and Club St. Louis MO.” headlines the top with Americana graphics of American eagle, flag & badge with baseball bats and baseball logo below. Document has two small 1” tears – top edge and bottom with creases from folding. EX.
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