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    1912 Grand Opening of Navin Field Invitation, RSVP Card & Full Ticket. Frank Navin, like many baseball men of the era, was a superstitious type, so when torrential rains washed away his plans to open his eponymous new stadium on his forty-first birthday, he was troubled. The game could have been rescheduled for the following day, a Friday, but Navin canceled it, citing wet grounds. In truth, he simply refused to christen the park on the bad-luck day of the week, thus cutting the ribbon on Saturday April 20, 1912, the same date of Fenway Park's launch in Boston.

    Here we present a remarkable trio of relics from that historic occasion in Detroit, beginning with an artfully designed invitation to the affair. Next is a simple RSVP card, requesting "The courtesy of a prompt reply." And, finally, an untorn ticket to the meeting of Ty Cobb's Tigers and the Cleveland Naps, where Shoeless Joe Jackson would score the first run recorded in the infant structure. The ticket is personalized for use by "Mr. Thomas Martin," secretary of the minor league Newark Indians, whose archives provide this auction with an exciting archive of early baseball correspondence. All pieces survive in stunning NRMT condition, with minor toning to the verso of the invitation all that suggests a century of life.

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    November, 2013
    7th-9th Thursday-Saturday
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