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    The Only Known 19th Century Memorial Game Tickets Lot of 2. The entire population of known 19th century memorial game tickets is presented here, allowing one lucky hobbyist to bring his collection to a place where no others could follow. Of the two professional baseball games known to have been played for the purpose of raising money for the families of deceased ballplayers, only a single example of a ticket from each has ever been found. First is a memorial to Lewis Henke, with a photographic image on the front and text reading, "1st Baseman of the Atlanta Base Ball Club, 1885, fatally hurt by accident in the game of August 14th with the Nashvilles, died Saturday, August 15th, 1885 at 6 o'clock P.M. God Rest His Soul in Peace!" The later ticket, for William Smith, also features a fine sepia photographic portrait with text that reads, "3rd Baseman of the Toronto Base Ball Club. Fatally injured while bathing on Hanlan's Island, Toronto, August 8th, 1886. Died Monday, August 9th, at 3.30 A.M. God rest his soul in peace." Each notes on the verso that the bearer should not give up the ticket at the gate, but to "Keep it in memory of the honest player," for the benefit of whose family it is issued. The Henke ticket has some fading of the photo and mild soiling, but the ticket is uncreased, with sharp corners. Henke's death represents the first on-field fatality in the history of professional baseball. Smith's ticket presents even better, with no noteworthy defects, EX-MT. While the benefit game for the family of the tragically lost Hall of Fame pitcher Addie Joss in 1911 is well documented in baseball lore, these early memorial events are known only to the most devout baseball historians and represent the absolute pinnacle of scarcity. Each ticket is encapsulated in a PSA holder for protection and unquestioned authenticity.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2005
    29th Saturday
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