To celebrate the return of Honus Wagner to Baseball as a coach after his retirement from play in 1917, Pittsburgh and many other Major League clubs reached out to honor him in 1933.
The broad community of National League baseball welcomed his return, and the Brooklyn Dodgers even threw a gala banquet for him when the Pirates first visited Ebbets Field that year. The coat-and-tie feast was held at the Half Moon Hotel on Coney Island where, among many others, celebrities Jack Dempsey, Bill Benswanger, Johnny Evers, and Max Carey toasted their hero. And it was during the course of this formal dinner that Wagner gifted the pocket watch to Max Carey.Carey was a former teammate and close friend of Wagner. He was also the manager of the Dodgers at the time. This watch resided in Max Carey's estate.