1932 POLITICAL WORLD SERIES: DEMOCRATS vs. REPUBLICANS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES [cover title]. Benefit of D.C. Unemployed. As the Game Goes, So Goes the Election.

Washington, DC: Charles H. Potter & Co. Printers, 1932. 8vo. (4) pp., the title leaf illustrated with a nice cartoon representing the game, an Elephant catcher about to take a throw, while a Donkey slides into the White House, the second page a program for the event, the third page giving starting line-ups by party, and noting the umpires as former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Gene Tunney, signed by him in pencil at the top of the page, "and a Representative of the American League," the rear wrapper with a full-page ad for the printer ["We print for both Democrats and Republicans (Also Insurgents)"]; ink date "June 4, 1932" at head of front wrapper. Folded, but very good. Item #62164

A rare memento from another political era, one of civility and cooperation engendered by the Great Depression and the plight of the common man, for whose benefit this game, held at Griffith Stadium, home of the Washington Senators, was created. On the front cover is an ebullient unsigned cartoon, the program features the U.S. Marine Band, the President throwing out the first ball, and an auction of a baseball signed by the President. The starting line-ups are accompanied by the names of substitutes, a bat boy, and an "official protester" for each team.

Despite the printed note on the front wrapper "As the Game Goes, So Goes the Election," the game was no prognosticator of the coming election. An ink note at the bottom of the front wrapper records the "Score 20 to 5 in favor Republicans." The Democrats lost the game by a margin of 25%, but the Republicans lost the electoral vote [to Franklin D. Roosevelt] by a margin of 87%.

A rare ephemeral item; we were unable to find a record for it, or a serial, on OCLC, and could find nothing in the online catalogue of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Heritage Auctions sold a program for the 1933 game in 2012 ($500), but that one didn't share the Tunney connection of the political acumen of the cartoonist.

Price: $1,500.00

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