July 22, 2020 Summer Games (#54)
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Under new ownership and management, the 1914 Boston Braves accomplished nothing short of a Miracle. For a decade, the Braves had been looking up at the leaderboard averaging about 100 losses a year, playing under seven different managers and four different owners. In 1914 they started their season winning 4 of their first 22 games. By the time September rolled in, the Braves had created enough buzz that their neighbor Red Sox allowed them to play the rest of their home games at Fenway park which held three times as many fans as their South End Field. In game one of the World Series at "home", the Braves ace Dick Rudolph defeated Philadelphia's Chief Bender 7-1. The series continued in similar fashion as the Miracle Braves swept the A's in four games. This hobby fresh World Championship pin was given to Braves owner James E Gaffney to commemorate the World Series and comes from the Gaffney family. This award played the same role as the World Series rings of today. In modern times, of course, the tradition is the presentation of a ring. But in 1914, this finely crafted 14k gold pin served this purpose. The 14K gold circular medallion features a baseball diamond with an original single small diamond. Lettered around the baseball-diamond in a circular pattern is "WORLD’S CHAMPIONS 1914." A floral pattern adorns the outer perimeter. Engraved on the reverse is the name of the recipient, "JAMES E. GAFFNEY PRES’T". Properly stamped "14K" and the hallmark of the jeweler, "F. H. Co.". Accompanied by a Gaffney family LOA.
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Minimum Bid: $5,000
Price Realized: $65,048
Number Bids: 18
Auction closed on Thursday, July 23, 2020.
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