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Artsy Shot of 1876 MLB

In 1876, a group of owners and team officials gathered at a New York hotel to draft and sign the constitution that created baseball’s National League and would ultimately have ramifications far beyond the diamond. The principles the document laid out, largely the work of Chicago White Stockings owner William Hulbert, would provide the basic model for every major team sports league in the world that followed.

MLB Constitution - 2 Baseballs

In 1876, a group of owners and team officials gathered at a New York hotel to draft and sign the constitution that created baseball’s National League and would ultimately have ramifications far beyond the diamond. The principles the document laid out, largely the work of Chicago White Stockings owner William Hulbert, would provide the basic model for every major team sports league in the world that followed. The constitution is getting a public airing for the first time in more than a century when it’s put up for sale by SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel, California, starting Wednesday.

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Willie Stargell’s 1979 National League MVP award and his ‘79 World Series ring are up for auction, as part of a collection of the Hall of Famer’s personal items being sold by his widow, Margaret Weller-Stargell.

“Willie’s collection will do very well at auction,” said Terry Melia, spokesman for SCP Auctions, Inc. “We expect it to clear more than half a million dollars when it’s all said and done.”

Artsy Shot of 1876 MLB

In the wake of its record-breaking $3.26 million sale last spring of the 1857 Laws of Base Ball documents, SCP Auctions has unveiled the recently discovered 1876 Founding Documents and Original Constitution of Major League Baseball, a hand-written, 74-page sports artifact, which will go up for auction May 24. Bidding will close June 10.