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    The personal souvenir of tourist and catcher "Butch" Henline

    1924 Baseball World Tour Scrapbook Signed by All Tour Members. Extraordinary volume was compiled by Philadelphia Phillies back up catcher Walter "Butch" Henline, a former member of the New York Giants who managed to hitch a ride with the National League Champs for this historic globetrotting expedition. The leatherbound book offers a truly compelling assemblage of signatures and newspaper clippings from various British publications, documenting the exploits of this important early barnstorming voyage. Some of the articles are authored by Nobel laureate George Bernard Shaw! The Giants and the Chicago White Sox would wage exhibitions at various foreign locales, spreading the gospel of baseball and sportsmanship, a transoceanic excursion less famous than the Tour of Japan a decade later, but populated by baseball legends of a far rarer breed. It's noteworthy that this 1924 Tour was actually inspired as a ten year anniversary of the 1914 model, returning to a Europe altered enormously by the First World War.

    The book's opening page contains twenty-one black fountain pen signatures including Ed A. Walsh, the wives of John McGraw and Hughie Jennings, and even the captain of the ship that bore the two teams across the sea. Following are fifty-seven pages filled with newspaper illustrations, articles and never-before-seen photos from the Daily Mail, Liverpool Post, South Wales News and many more.

    The bulk of the value of this album, however, is found in its closing two pages, where the signatures of all players appear beneath wonderful team images. These signatures represent the very best talent in the Major Leagues at the time, many of whom went on to become immortal Hall of Famers:

    Bill Walker, Casey Stengel, Frank Frisch, Heine Groh, 'Hank' Gowdy, Travis Jackson, Hugh Jennings, Ted Lyons, 'Sam' Rice, Urban Faber, John Evers, Dave J. Bancroft, Irish Meusel, Jack Bentley, Walter 'Butch' Henline, W. Huntzinger, Willie Kamm, John Clancy, 'Happy' Foreman, Frank Wojack, 'Val' Picinich, Ray Morehart, Charlie Robertson, Bib Falk, Johnny Mostil, and more.

    Almost all notate their signatures with their playing positions, a rare and extraordinarily desirable variation on standard practice. The signatures are a consistent 8/10 or better, and the scrapbook itself is beautifully preserved without any condition concerns beyond standard handling. Each member of the 1934 Tour of Japan was gifted a team signed scrapbook, but we believe this earlier version to be the only one of its kind. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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