Fox TV show to feature Great Barrington woman who inherited historic baseball card


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GREAT BARRINGTON — Archibald McMahon and the 1860 Brooklyn Atlantics are back in the spotlight.

McMahon and his team were featured on what is thought to be the oldest baseball card in the country, which was inherited by his great-great niece, Florence Sasso, of Great Barrington.

Now the story of Florence Sasso and the baseball card will be featured on the Fox Business Network TV program "Strange Inheritance" at 9 p.m. Monday (check local listings). It is the season premier of the show, which airs two stories a week.

Host Jamie Colby and her film crew spent about a week in Great Barrington last year interviewing Sasso and several others connected to the show.

"It's a great story," Colby said. "Made even more interesting when you realize that Florence isn't sure which player in the photo is her relative."

Colby said she hopes the show will reach out to someone who may know the team members and be able to help Sasso.

"We might be able to connect her with someone with more information," Colby said.

The card is technically not a "baseball card" in the modern sense of the word. It is a photo printed on hard cardboard stock and used 165 years ago, as a calling card.

Sasso, who had no children, opted to put the card up for auction, so as she noted, "other people can enjoy it."

It was in her family from 1860 until 2015; there was no need to really authenticate it.

The card, which was expected to sell for about $90,000, went for almost twice that — $179,000.

Sasso said the crew spent 10 hours at her home for the interview last September.

"It was exhausting," she said. "I'll be interested to see the show."

The Atlantics were one of the original members of the National Association of Base Ball Players. The team depicted on the 1860 card won the league championship that year.

For another segment of the show, Colby traveled to New York City and played with members of the Atlantic Base Ball Club, a re-creation of the 19th century Brooklyn Atlantics.

"I didn't embarrass myself, let's say that," she said.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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