Boston Union Athletic Exhibition Company Grounds ... Championship Games, Keystones vs. Boston Unions, Wednesday, April 30.... Buffalo, NY: John B. Sage, . Color lithographed poster, 692 x 262 mm (image size). Three 1 to 3" tears at edges, chip from top edge with loss of border filled in, small tear in sky near bat. Matted and framed.
GORGEOUS POSTER FOR A VERY EARLY PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN BOSTON. The Boston Unions (aka Boston Reds) played the Philadelphia Keystones as part of a professional league called the Union Association. The Union Association was formed in 1883 and lasted only one season.
Any 19th century professional baseball posters is exceedingly rare and desirable. This one is for two teams from major cities and shows stunning color detail of the uniforms and equipment. Likewise, close-up images in any medium of pro ball players in their highly colorful uniforms are almost never encountered. The "Athletic Exhibition Company Grounds" where this game was played were in present-day Copley Square, Boston. The Unions clearly had the home-team advantage, they won every game in this series; the April 30 game was 15-8.