During the summer I worked at Evangelical Community Hospital located in Lewisburg, PA which is right down the street from one of my favorite card shops. Yesturday in the mail I received a package from one of the ladies that I worked with over the summer. She apparently saw my picture in the newspaper with the seven Heisman Trophy winners that was taken during this year’s National and decided to send me a few things for my collection. What was inside just blew me away.
Along with a few newspaper clippings, she sent an old Washington Senators scorecard that she obtained at a game and is dated 8/4/1942. The Senators were playing the Yankees that day and she was even able to get a few signatures. It features signatures of the following:
- Joe McCarthy – Yankees Manager 1931 – 1946, HOF 1967
- Red Branch – Yankees Pitcher 1941 – 1942
- John Lindell – Yankees OF 1941 – 1950
- Red Ruffing – Yankees Pitcher 1930 – 1942 & 1945 – 1946, HOF 1967
- Robert “Red” Rolfe – Yankees 3B 1931, 1934 – 1942
- Jerry Priddy – Yankees 2B 1941 – 1942
- Frank Crosetti – Yankees SS 1932 – 1948
- Ernie Bonham – Yankees Pitcher 1941 – 1943
I couldn’t believe this piece when I pulled it out of the envelope. For being 67 years old, the scorecard is in great condition. The signatures look pretty good for being signed in pencil all those years ago. The autographs look better in person, but I tried to get a few shots to show. The Yankees lineup shows Joe DiMaggio and Phil Rizzuto playing that day. You can click on each photo for a closer look.
The ads on the scorecard are funny to read. Most of them are tobacco companies. I specifically find it funny that back then you could purchase 6 season tickets to a Redskins home game for $9.90 per seat. This is something that will stay in my personal collection forever.
These signatures look a lot better in person. Pencil doesn’t always show the best on a scan.