1886 Scorecards for the Washington Nationals

Scorecard for 1886 baseball game between Washington Nationals and New York Giants; advertisements printed on borders of card. Printed on card: "Washington, New York." Handwritten on card: "Aug. 18, 1886, Washington, D.C." Penciled notations on scorecard.

What an amazing old baseball find here. This is a scorecard marked up for a game on August 18th, 1886. Also, check out the great advertisements around the scorecard. The Nats, by the way, finished 28-92 that season, good for eighth place our of eight in the National League. Oddly enough, the game ended in a 4-4 tie that day.

Scorecard for 1886 baseball game between Washington Nationals and New York Giants; advertisements printed on borders of card. Printed on card: "Washington, New York." Handwritten on card: "Aug. 18, 1886, Washington, D.C." Penciled notations on scorecard.

Scorecard for 1886 baseball game between Washington Nationals and New York Giants; advertisements printed on borders of card. Printed on card: “Washington, New York.” Handwritten on card: “Aug. 18, 1886, Washington, D.C.” Penciled notations on scorecard.

Source: Detroit Public Library

Here’s another scorecard from May 4th, against the Boston Beaneaters in which they lost 8-3.

Scorecard for 1886 baseball game between Washington Nationals and Boston Beaneaters; advertisements printed on borders of card. Printed on card: "Washington, Boston." Handwritten on card: "May 4, 1886. Washington, D.C." Penciled notations and corrections on scorecard.

Scorecard for 1886 baseball game between Washington Nationals and Boston Beaneaters; advertisements printed on borders of card. Printed on card: “Washington, Boston.” Handwritten on card: “May 4, 1886. Washington, D.C.” Penciled notations and corrections on scorecard.

Source: Detroit Public Library

And finally, another one from August 21st, also against Boston, and also a loss, 6-5.

Scorecard for 1886 baseball game between Washington Nationals and Boston Beaneaters; advertisements printed on borders of card. Printed on card: "Washington, Bostons." Handwritten on card: "Washington, D.C., Aug. 21, 1886." Penciled notations on scorecard.

Scorecard for 1886 baseball game between Washington Nationals and Boston Beaneaters; advertisements printed on borders of card. Printed on card: “Washington, Bostons.” Handwritten on card: “Washington, D.C., Aug. 21, 1886.” Penciled notations on scorecard.

Source: Digital Public Library

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