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Circa 1915 Edward's Big League Table Baseball Game....

2013 February 23 - 24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070

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Auction Ended On: Feb 23, 2013
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

Description:
The most sophisticated of all Dead Ball Era action games
Circa 1915 Edward's Big League Table Baseball Game. Just as the rise of machinery heralded the dawn of the industrial age, so did these "modern" advancements find their way into toys and games of the early twentieth century. This fascinating relic was truly state-of-the-art when it rolled off the production line during the heart of the Dead Ball Era, and an included magazine advertisement removed from a period publication finds glowing endorsements from such notable Major Leaguers as Johnny Evers and Stuffy McInnis. The advertisement features a sidebar entitled, "How It Works."

"The same rules apply to Edward's Big League Table Baseball as to the out-door game--two or more people play it. The 'pitcher' actually holds the ball, throwing it at the will of the 'fielding player.' The 'batting player' controls the manikin batter, and he can strike or 'pick 'em out,' just as he likes. A little practice enables the 'batter' to place his 'hits' with the accuracy of a big leaguer. The minute a 'fair ball' is hit, the batting player runs a 'man' to first. 'He' can then steal, run bases, back up on fouls, earn runs or get put out, according to the fortunes of the game. The fielders get under the flies; the infield players do the same; it's the real game in miniature. There's nothing in the world like it."

That final statement rings equally true today, as the known census of surviving examples stands at four, with none as complete as the presented model. All mechanical functions of the game remain fully operable, and all base runners (which are removable from the playing surface and thus often lost) are present and accounted for, ready to circle the diamond with the crank-powered chain. Three metal "baseballs" are here as well, in their original holder. The cloth of the playing surface is a bit stained from a century of life, and some wear is evident at the edges of the 26x26x5" particle board "stadium," but the rare manufacturer's plate remains on the first base line panel. The metal ballplayer figures likewise exhibit a small degree of paint loss. Certainly one of the most intriguing entries in Dr. Cooper's vast collection, featured on page 125 of his definitive guide, "Baseball Games: Home Versions of the National Pastime 1860's-1960's."

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