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The very first World Cup soccer game...

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July 31, 1930

THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York, July 31, 1930

* Very 1st World Cup soccer championship game

This issue of the Times reports the final game of the very first World Cup tournament. With soccer being a somewhat unknown sport in the United States at the time, it is exceedingly difficult to find any 1930 reports of the World Cup in American newspapers, coverage lacking in several major city publications.
The one column headline on the sports page reads: "Uruguay Annexes Title At Soccer" with subheads: "70,000 Spectators See Argentine Lose Contest for World Honors by 4-2" "Victors Stage Come-Back" "Trailing by 1-2 at End of First Half, They Launch Attack Which Brings Triumph". The text takes three column inches and can be seen in its entirely in the photos.
A cornerstone piece for any soccer collection as any items from the very first World Cup are almost unobtainable today. This is one.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 40 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. Minor spine wear, very nice condition.

Category: The 20th Century

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