Collectible of the Week: 1965 Hall of Fame Game Score Card
July 26, 1965. Doubleday Field - Cooperstown, NY.
The defending American League Champion, New York Yankees faced the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League in the 23rd annual cross-league match-up in Baseball's hometown, Cooperstown, NY: The Hall of Fame Game. With many of the Hall's old-timers in attendance , the Bombers lived up to their name, slugging four home runs and beating the Phillies 7-4. The game was the highlight of the weekend's events as baseball's first 300-Game Winner, Pud Galvin, deceased in 1902 and elected by the Veterans Committee was the Summer's only inductee.
Available for 10-cents at Doubleday Field that day was a simple, single-color scorecard. The cover contains a drawing of a right-handed batter posed in front of an over-sized baseball. Under the drawing is a title, "The Hall of Fame Game," the two opposing team names and a short testimonial. Inside is a scorecard with rosters for each team; the back cover contains short biographies of both the Hall of Fame and Doubleday Field.
Despite being 50 years old and containing rosters filled with memorable names for both clubs, prices for these scorecards have remained surprisingly reasonable - typically selling in the $30-40 range.
Phillies Hall of Fame Game History:
- 1948: St. Louis Browns v. Phillies (L - 7-5)
- 1958: Washington Senators v. Phillies (L - 5-4)
- 1965: New York Yankees v. Phillies (L - 7-4)
- 1977: Minnesota Twins v. Phillies (L - 8-5)
- 1994: Seattle Mainers v. Phillies (W - 4-3)
Reference: Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society