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    1914 Chicago Chi-Feds Federal League Program. Forty-eight page program is far more elaborate than those common to the contemporary National and American Leagues, suggesting that the doomed upstart Federal League wanted to come charging out of the gate with style. They were successful in that aim, as the full-color Joe Tinker cover and wide array of text and advertising inside suggest a solid operating budget despite the contrary reality. The blink-and-you'll-miss-it existence of the Federal League has left little to survive the century since.

    This unscored program for a meeting between the Chi-Feds and the visiting Kansas City Packers carries far greater appeal than the Federal League derivation alone supplies. While we cannot be certain of the exact date that this program was purchased by a Windy City fan, it's important to remember that 1914 marked the birth of Weeghman Park, which thirteen years later would settle on the Wrigley Field moniker it retains to this day.

    The visiting team for the April 23, 1914 grand opening? The Kansas City Packers.

    Could this be the only known program from the birth of this hallowed baseball ground? It's possible. The center scoring pages are loose from the staples but present, and covers exhibit expected handling and storage wear, but otherwise the century-old relic survives remarkably well as it guards what could be a remarkable secret.

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