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1885 Yales vs. Waterburys Exhibition Baseball Game Broadside

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This rarity brings together the rich history of baseball at Yale University (where the Bulldogs baseball team was founded in 1865) and in Waterbury, CT (where the Waterbury Base Ball Club was organized in 1864). The broadside can be dated to 1885 thanks to a research discovery about 10 years ago at the John Bale Book Company, identifying 10 such broadsides (with the same size and design) for a series of different match-ups that took place between July 30, 1884, and August 30, 1885. It measures 4-1/2" x 8" and is very thin and delicate with chipped edges, an upper-right-corner stain, and several scattered pinholes. Interestingly, the fine print reads, "Lower part of grand stand reserved for Ladies, and Gentlemen and Ladies, exclusively." As a side note, Connie Mack's nearly 70-year baseball career began nearby at the same time and included important games at the Waterbury Base Ball Grounds, as he played in the Connecticut State League from 1884 to 1886—first in neighboring Meriden, then in Hartford.

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