Personal Baseball-Related Collection of Leo Hartline from 1920s-1983 
Lot Number 909
 
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The life of a minor leaguer in the 1920s-1930s was a perilous journey of endless bus rides, countless auditions for big league squads, low pay and intolerable living conditions. Leo Hartline of Stowe, Pennsylvania was a professional baseball player who toiled in such circumstances. The Brooklyn farmhand played in several professional and semi-pro leagues and eventually became an umpire and scout. The offered personal baseball collection of “Ditty” Hartline is an intricate documentary of the life and times of this journeyman. Hundreds of pieces of ephemera, photographs, cabinets and an original game-used uniform are all found in this gathering, which spans seven decades from the early 1920s-1983. At the forefront is a complete circa 1920s game-worn uniform with accompanying socks. The gray pinstriped flannel reveals extensive game usage, re-stitching, and what appears to be blood on the inner-seat of the pants and the lower-left breast of the jersey. The stitched team insignia of “VC” is prominent and could possibly represent a team from the Valdosta, Georgia area. Also present is a pair of approximately 11x14 circa 1924 Augusta Base Ball Club 1924 Champions South Atlantic Association cabinets (both EX), a boyhood 10x12 cabinet of the Stowe town club (EX) and a 1920s 9-1/2 x 7-3/4 cabinet of Hartline with Ocean City (EX-MT). Approximately (35) first-generation photographs or postcards are also found in varying conditions including an original 12-1/2 x 15-1/2 1930 Memphis Chickasaw team photo (PR, taped). After his playing career ended, Hartline became a minor league umpire. Present are various baseball rule books and a signed typed correspondence dating to 1939 from Hall of Famer arbiter Bill McGowan (d.1954, “7”). In 1952, Hartline also became a scout for the St. Louis Browns, and a pair of original signed agreements from that season is also included. Numerous personal artifacts, including a bailment contract, hundreds of fragile newspaper clippings, league passes, vintage pocket schedules, Brooklyn Dodgers stationery, minor league assignment letters, baseball pamphlets and other trinkets round out this collection. The McGowan autograph comes with an auction COA from James Spence Authentications. 
 
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