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    1919 World Series Game Five Press Ticket from The Joe Carr Find. Black Sox conspirator Lefty Williams and Reds ace Hod Eller dueled to a scoreless tie through five innings before, either intentionally or by chance, Williams allowed four runs in the top of the sixth. The White Sox committed three errors in this game while presenting anemic offense, strong evidence of the conspiracy at work. One wonders if Carr sensed that something was amiss as he covered the action for The Ohio State Journal with this ticket in his pocket.

    All memorabilia related to this most famous and controversial of all Fall Classics is highly coveted, but this relic linking that event to one of the most significant pioneers of gridiron history is particularly special. Imperfect gate tear, otherwise fine. Encapsulated by PSA, Authentic.

    The Joe Carr Find

    Though his name may be unfamiliar to all but the true football historians, arguably no figure was more essential in raising the National Football League from its vulnerable infancy to commercial viability than the man whose personal collection is listed on the following pages. At a time when the college game was the only game that mattered, Joe Carr fought and won a seemingly unwinnable war to legitimize the pay-for-play gridiron. Though Jim Thorpe owns the distinction of the first president of the National Football League, the iconic Hall of Famer was little more than a figurehead. It was Carr whose generalship moved the needle from amateur to professional dominance.

    Remarkably, this special archive narrowly averted oblivion less than a year ago when our consignor spotted a large quantity of documents being loaded into a dumpster. We can see, in the lots that follow, what a great loss that would have been to the physical history of the early professional game. This offering represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the cultured football collector.


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