Lot # 138: 1904 Honus Wagner "Husky Hans" Sheet Music

Starting Bid: $25.00

Bids: 22 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring, 2024 Premier Auction",
which ran from 3/11/2024 12:00 AM to
3/30/2024 9:00 PM

Composed by William J. Hartz, "Husky Hans" was "A Stirring March and Two-Step" dedicated to the "3 times champion batsman of the National League." A quick internet search for Hartz reveals very little; it's possible that "Husky Hans" was his only published composition.  Still, here it is, a 1904 ode to one of the greatest players ever.  Measuring 10 3/4" x 14" and featuring a prominent photo of Wagner himself in his Pirates uniform with the red printed cover adorned with a variety of baseball-related art, this is a fantastic display piece.  Once scarce, a large number of copies of "Husky Hans" were unearthed several years ago and auctioned together as one group.  Since then, the piece has become less scarce.  As is the case with many of the surviving examples, this piece appears in POOR condition with surface creasing, soiling, and corner wear, but remains an outstanding relic that harkens back to a time in history when popular songwriters composed odes to ballplayers and player likenesses were used to sell everything - even sheet music.

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