Manuscript record book of a town amateur team's individual statistics for the seasons 1913-1915. Baseball, Townsend Athletic Association.
Manuscript record book of a town amateur team's individual statistics for the seasons 1913-1915.

Manuscript record book of a town amateur team's individual statistics for the seasons 1913-1915.

[Townsend, Mass., 1913-, 1915. Original brown wrappers and brown buckram spine, lined copy book ruled to make graph paper, approx. 8.25 x 6.75 inches. 38 pages of tabulated game-by-game player statistics in pencil, three mounted carbon-copy typescripts of full-season individual and team statistics, small mounted newspaper clipping in three pieces relating to the 1913 season. Later ink autograph label clear-taped to the inside front wrapper, "The best years of T.A.A. and all local players." Some offset from the mounted leaves; some general light wear and soiling; in very good condition. Item #16919

The raw material for deep sabremetrics and some small measure of the popularity of the national pastime in early 20th century New England, the record book of a strong amateur town nine that to judge from contemporary press accounts played against similar teams from Leominster, Pepperell, Derry N.H., etc. Over the course of the three seasons, the shortstop Keefe and the catcher Eastman appear to have been the offensive power behind Townsend's success, while starting pitcher Harry Knight (who evidently went on to Bowdoin; his given name taken from contemporary news reports found online) managed over the course of 13 games in 1913 to strike out 110 while walking only 19.

Price: $125.00