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What a tremendous opportunity it is to find HOFers Harry Wright, George Wright and Jim O’Rourke depicted together on the front cover of this super-tough 1908 commemorative old-timers day program titled “The Men Who Made The Game”. Subtitled “Champions Thirty Years Ago”, this antique program celebrates the 1878 Boston Red Caps (Braves) 1878 NL championship. Issued on 9/24/1908 at Harvard Stadium, this seldom seen publication displays GD-VG details with deference to multiple spots of adhesive residue/surface loss affecting the back cover which is printed with the “Rules” and the “Committee That Arranged The Game”. Playing under the same rules employed during the 1878 season were teams of former major leaguers and collegians whose careers spanned the 1860s-1890s. The front cover is adorned with a composite of the 1878 Red Caps team with manager and HOFer Harry Wright at center, surrounded by twelve 1878 Red Caps player images including HOFers George Wright and Jim O’Rourke along with stars Jack Burdock, John Morrill, Ezra Sutton, (2) Pop Snyder, (2) Tommy Bond, Harry Schaefer, Jack Manning and Andy Leonard. The interior pages list the rosters of the participating teams with “Amateurs” drawn from the ranks of alumni who attended Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Amherst and MIT, including Jim Tyng the first player to wear a catcher’s mask (while playing for Harvard in 1877), Fred Thayer (Harvard manager) who was granted a patent for the mask in 1878 and thirty-nine others; and “Professionals” drawn from the ranks of former major leaguers including Albert Spalding, George Wright, Jim O’Rourke, Tommy McCarthy, Tommy Bond and thirteen others. These interior pages bear pencil notations and writing which appear to period in nature.