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September 25, 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers Ebbets Field-Issued Program From Sal Maglie No-Hitter

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Defending their first-ever world championship, the Brooklyn Dodgers found themselves in a dogfight in the waning days of the 1956 season and trailed the front-running Milwaukee Braves by half a game with only five contests remaining. As the Phillies came to town on September 25, the Dodgers summoned veteran brushback artist Sal Maglie, who responded by spinning a no-hitter to keep the “Bums” just half a game back. This program was issued at Ebbets Field for that crucial battle. The 20-page guide is pristine with covers and crisp pages completely intact. The scoring grids feature pre-printed lineups with opposing pitchers “Meyer” and “Maglie” inscribed in pencil. While Maglie only walked two that day, he did drill Richie Ashburn with two outs in the top of the ninth. Though the scoring grids are unmarked, this is undoubtedly from that September 25-26 two-game series. Among the telltales signs is the name of Bob Aspromonte, an 18-year-old rookie whose debut was on September 19, 1956. In the realm of 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers artifacts, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything as well-preserved as this program, which is absent of any creases or compacting folds usually found on stadium-issued publications of this era.

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