Monday, August 13, 2018

1923 Milwaukee Badgers Program Up for Auction

Milwaukee football fans take note; Heritage Auctions' upcoming Fall Sports Memorabilia Catalog Auction has a one-sheet program for a game between the Milwaukee Badgers and the Racine Legion on November 29, 1923.

Unfortunately for us, it was a road game, and not at Borchert Field, but it's still a fascinating artifact from the days when Milwaukee had its own NFL team.
1923 Horlick Racine Legion vs. Milwaukee Badgers Program. One of the earlier NFL programs ever to hit the auction block, this gridiron artifact represents the intrasquad meeting between Horlick Racine Legion and the Milwaukee Badgers. One of the only artifacts in existence from the league's third season, the two-sided paper lineup sheet measures at 6x9", while exhibiting Fair-VG quality throughout.

Guide Value or Estimate: $1,500 - up.

I love the list of cheers and songs. The Legion had been around since 1915 (as opposed to the Badgers, then in their sophomore season), long enough to develop their own culture.

All those cheers couldn't help the Legion that day at Horlick Legion Athletic Field, as the Badgers came up victorious with a score of 16-0. Box score courtesy of Pro Football Reference:

Milwaukee Badgers730616
Racine Legion00000

This auction will be open September 26th, closing on October 19th. Bid early, bid often.

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