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Exhibition Baseball Americana

Vincent Curry’s notebook with scorecard for September 30, 1936. Giants 6, Yankees 1. Courtesy of Neil V. Curry (046.00.00)

For Those of You Keeping Score

In no other sport do fans take meticulous play-by-play notes, filling in scorecards according to standard practice and personal flourishes. Vincent Curry, who worked at New York’s Department of Public Welfare, followed the radio broadcast of the 1936 World Series, Game 1, between his Yankees and the Giants, keeping score in this notebook. The weekday event meant that Curry, like millions of others listening in, was compelled to divide his attention between his job and the game.