"Base Ball Game"

An archive relating to this comedy sketch consisting of the following: 3 typescripts, a page of typed notes, and 2 1/2 pages of holograph manuscript. After some six years with the company, Fields defected from Ziegfeld’s Follies and joined the competing George White’s Scandals. The Scandals of 1921 ran through July, 1922, when it was superseded by the 1922 edition, which contained this piece, part of a four hour revue distinguished by the music of George Gershwin. Fields’s appearance was not a great success, and this particular sketch was cut after opening night. The holograph pages, entirely by Fields in ink, comprise pages 3, 4 and 5 of what is evidently an early draft. There is a two page ribbon typescript and its carbon, each with one correction on the first page, but with different holograph notes at the end in Fields’s hand, “Ball falls in Grand stand/ slippery day stairs for finish” and “Throw him a highball - I’ve never touched a drop in my life - umpire - that out.” In what appears to be a later version, a carbon in a typing service folder, dated July 25, 1922, Fields has drawn a small pencil diagram inside the front cover, signed the first page of text under the title “By W.C. Fields,” crossing out two lines of dialogue and adding one. In very good condition; in a custom quarter-morocco folding box.

[Book #36280P]

Price: $5,000.00

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