Historic 1877 Harvard Championship Score Card Featuring Baseball’s 1st Catchers Mask

This rare artifact is a most significant and historical original 1877 baseball scorecard for a game played between Harvard University vs. Amherst accompanied by two season tickets (1877 and 1876) and single game admission ticket belonging to H. W. Cushing, a member of the Harvard football club. Deserving placement in the baseball Hall of Fame, the pre-printed lineup on this historic scorecard includes Harvard third baseman and team Captain Fred Thayer and Harvard Catcher Jim Tyng, whose names are most important to baseball history because Thayer created the first catcher's mask in 1877 and Tyng was the first to wear it. The story is told that when Harvard pitcher Harold Ernst, one of the first pitchers to throw a curve ball, began throwing to Tyng during the winter of 1876/77, Tyng refused to catch until he could have something to protect his face. This is when Thayer set upon designing and implementing the very first catchers mask for which he ultimately received a patent early in 1878. Completing the ensemble is an incredible relic, a catcher’s mask from the turn of the century reminiscent of the historic “Thayer” mask that shaped baseball history. These are superb items from this historic college baseball season. The score card is printed on a single sheet of light cardstock that unfolded measures 5 X 9. It’s a very fancy piece of Victorian history. The program is scored lightly in pencil with Harvard defeating Amherst by a score of 14-3. Comes with a certificate that unconditionally guarantees the authenticity of this item.

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Historic 1877 Harvard Championship Score Card Featuring  Baseball’s 1st Catchers Mask

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