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September 29, 1957 Polo Grounds-Issued Program From Last-Ever New York Giants Game

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Dead last in attendance in both 1956 and 1957, the baseball Giants weren’t long for Gotham. To the dismay of the Harlem-based faithful, the club announced on August 19, 1957 that it would be moving to San Francisco for the 1958 season. This program is a rare keepsake from the Giants’ last-ever game in New York. Issued to one in a sparse crowd of 11,606 on September 29, 1957 at the Polo Grounds, the 20-page guide is a bittersweet reminder of a team gone astray and a harsh reminder that success and loyalty are fleeting, indeed. With local advertisements, historical text and player photos throughout, the program has unmarked scoring grids whose lineup portions have been marked in blue ink to list the lineups for the season finale between the Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates. In an uneventful 9-1 loss to the Bucs, the hosts went down meekly, failing to score in their final eight frames. Ironically, Dusty Rhodes, who had hit a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th exactly three years prior to win Game 1 of the 1954 World Series, grounded weakly to shortstop to mark the end of a magnificent era in baseball. The program presents nicely with covers/pages intact, though there are areas of separation along the spine. Additionally, there are handwritten notations of the front cover regarding the event.

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