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Lot # 1070: 1959 Home Run Derby Original Color Transparency Collection (35) w/Kaline, Mathews, & Colavito

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Classic",
which ran from 2/25/2024 10:00 AM to
3/16/2024 10:00 PM

Rare collection of twenty-six original color transparencies (featuring thirty-five photos) capturing ten different players during their respective appearances on the 1960 syndicated television show "Home Run Derby." Each of these transparencies (120 film) originates from a recent find of promotional material relating to the "Home Run Derby" television show, which was discovered in the estate of a former United Artists employee (United Artists purchased Ziv Television Programs, the company that produced "Home Run Derby," in 1960). Unless otherwise noted, most of the players are featured on either two-panel transparencies (two photos, each approximately 2.25x4.75") or a single-panel transparency (one photo, approximately 2.25x2.5"). All are in Excellent condition overall. The following ten players are represented here: Eddie Mathews (two transparencies; one two-panel and one single-panel); Al Kaline (four transparencies; three two-panel and one single-panel); Jackie Jenson (one transparency; two-panel); Rocky Colavito (one transparency; one-panel; 4x5"); Dick Stuart (two transparencies; one two-panel and one single-panel); Jim Lemon (two transparencies; one two-panel and one single-panel); Wally Post (three transparencies; two two-panel and one single-panel); Gus Triandos (four transparencies; four single-panel); Bob Cerv (four transparencies; four single-panel); and Bob Allison (three transparencies; three single-panel). "Home Run Derby" was filmed at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles in December 1959, and the show aired in television syndication from January 9 to July 2, 1960. Like the current format at the All-Star Game, each show matched two players head to head, with the winner continuing on the next week to take on a new challenger. Nineteen players took part in the competition, with Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays facing off in the first show. Players who lost one week were eligible to return, as Mays and several others did. Hank Aaron had the best overall record (6-1) in the competition, while Mantle's total of 44 home runs was the most for any player during the show. The show has been rerun on television many times over the decades and nearly all the episodes are available for viewing on YouTube.

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