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Baseball Magazine Company


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Nicely engraved antique stock certificate from the Baseball Magazine Company dating back to the 1910's. This document, which is signed by the company President and Treasurer, was printed by Goes and measures approximately 11" (w) by 8 1/2" (h).


This certificate's vignette features an eagle on a crag with the Capitol Building in the background.


You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

    Historical Context

    Baseball Magazine is a now-defunct baseball magazine, and was the first monthly baseball magazine published in the United States. The magazine was founded by Boston sportswriter Jake Morse prior to the 1908 season. It continued publishing through 1957. The magazine was based in Boston.

    Morse stated that his mission in starting Baseball Magazine was to "fill the need of a monthly organ filled with the highest thought surrounding the game, well edited, well printed, and filled with first class illustrations." The magazine also strove to provide human interest stories about baseball stars, such as Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson. F.C. Lane became the magazine's editor in 1911 and remained in that post until 1937. One of Lane's first issues was devoted to Cobb, including stories about him and a Q&A session with him. Morse had previously devoted issues to Cy Young in 1908, shortly after baseball commemorated Cy Young Day, and to Addie Joss in 1911, shortly after Joss' death. Despite the magazine's reverence for Young and Mathewson, in 1909 Morse wrote an article in Baseball Magazine proclaiming former Providence Grays pitcher Charles Radbourn to be "the greatest pitcher who ever lived." Another famous article from the magazine's early days described how difficult it was to be a catcher in baseball's early days.

    During the 1920s the magazine complained about players being paid to act as baseball writers.