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Posted 6 years ago


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I have an autographed 1889 baseball that is in excellent condition. I have no idea who the player is or what team he played for. Can you tell me?

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  1. Manikin Manikin, 6 years ago
    How big around is ball ? Is it a softball or a hardball ?
  2. packrat-place packrat-place, 6 years ago
    It looks like a softball to me, what is the size? Most softballs are either 11" or 12" in circumference, and will weigh 7 oz.
    I checked a list of all the active baseball players, foreign and domestic playing major league baseball in 1889, and did not see the name Eckington.
    Possibly a place or school, a neighborhood in Washington, D. C.?
  3. SEverett, 6 years ago
    The ball is definitely a baseball. It is a notch less than 3" wide.
    The J.E.D. to N.H. confuses me. I can't figure out who these people
    might be. One clue maybe. I have a little leather bound book of
    playing cards from 1909 that originally came from a great uncle of
    mine. The playing cards are very cool. They show normal card faces
    on one side and photos and names of Broadway stars and personalities
    of the time on the other. The first card is an invitation and gives a
    baseball clue perhaps for the ball. It reads:
    No 77 This Certifies that
    Mr. Frank A. Claridge
    Is an invited guest at the
    Polo Grounds
    During the National League Championship Season of
    Compliments of

    Signature of team President President
    New York Baseball Club
    first card of the book is an invitation

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