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You would think that with a 1903 record of 43-94-3, the Washington Senators baseball club would have nowhere to go but up. Hardly the case for these determined cellar dwellers, who flopped their way to 38-113-6 results for a measly .252 winning percentage in 1904. From the early days of the American League comes this tough 1903 Senators scorecard/schedule. Well over a hundred years old, this fantastic memento has never been folded and remains crisp and fairly clean with bold text on a cream background, showing just minor corner wear and some light, sporadic soiling. Aptly judged rare and attractive, this fine specimen easily earns its mark of (EX).
Issued during the DC franchise's first year of play at National Park (aka Boundary Field), it is reported to list HOFer Jesse Burkett of the St. Louis Browns on the visitor side of the scoring grid, however this is difficult to recognize as the pencil recordings of the players and results are faded to point of being barely perceptible. It is also possible that "Big Ed" Delahanty may be listed on the home team side of the grid. If so, that would positively date this card to June 4th-6th of 1903 as the early power-hitter fell to his death at Niagara Falls on 7/2 of that year. As noted on the schedule printed on the card's opposite side, the other dates Washington hosted St. Louis in 1903 season were July 13th-16th and September 19th-22nd. The other section of the schedule side is titled "Official Schedule and Score Card, Washington Baseball Club, Season 1903" and "Compliments of Ed. Roche...Wines, Liquors and Cigars...", a fine example of how baseball and the finer things in life go together.