Spring 2012 Catalog Auction > Sports > Pottsville Maroons
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Lot 653: 1925 Diary With Pottsville Maroons Entries
For those who love history and personal accounts of it, check out this daily diary kept by a man named Alan E. Maurer who lived in Orwigsburg, Pa between Reading and Pottsville located in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. It is a meticulous daily account of his travels, work, weather, news and deaths, etc. Bound by a leather cover that measures 2.5x4," the book contains Holiday and Church calendars, Daily tide and length charts, Train Schedule & City populations. This gives the reader an accurate detailed account of life during an entire year. Not one day is missed. The Pottsville Maroons - a star-crossed NFL franchise that was denied a league championship due to participation in an unsanctioned exhibition game - are briefly referenced on Sunday, November 15 when the home team won, 14-6. He also attended the Thanksgiving Day game vs. Green Bay on Thursday, November 26 at Minersville Ball Park and the regular-season finale vs. the Frankford Yellow Jackets (49-0). The December 12 entry includes a reference to the Maroons' exhibition victory over the "Four Horsemen" Notre Dame team that ultimately sealed the team's demise. Maurer was on vacation on this date and traveled to Philadelphia's Shibe Park to watch the fateful ballgame, notating: "In danger of barred in the pro league for violation of contract." There are other references too. Fascinating stuff and terrific penmanship!
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