The first item I wanted to highlight is the below Hall of Fame Induction Plaque that was presented to Walter Johnson. This is the real deal. It was given to him at his induction ceremony in 1939 at Cooperstown.
Here's a little known fact. Walter Johnson played ball in north Orange County as a teen. He went to Fullerton Union High School, and once struck out 27 batters in a 15 inning game against Santa Ana High School. I dream of one day coming across old photos of him while rummaging through a garage sale.
The battle for the Temple Cup was the first Baseball Championship series, and the below print is one of the preeminent 19th century Baseball drawings celebrating it. I'll let the auction description tell you more.
Just think about it. Baseball could have had their own version of the Stanley Cup. Major League clubs could be fighting over who gets to adorn their name on it. BTW, the photo above is of the Temple Cup, and the print is below.
At the Dodgers FanFest this past weekend, Gary Cypres brought along a bunch of his Baseball memorabilia to share with fans. A couple of those items included some early 20th century action Baseball tabletop games. See my photos of them here. Well, Heritage has for sale another early Baseball tabletop game. It is a 1915 Edward's Big League Table Baseball Game. Here is how it works:
"The same rules apply to Edward's Big League Table Baseball as to the out-door game--two or more people play it. The 'pitcher' actually holds the ball, throwing it at the will of the 'fielding player.' The 'batting player' controls the manikin batter, and he can strike or 'pick 'em out,' just as he likes. A little practice enables the 'batter' to place his 'hits' with the accuracy of a big leaguer. The minute a 'fair ball' is hit, the batting player runs a 'man' to first. 'He' can then steal, run bases, back up on fouls, earn runs or get put out, according to the fortunes of the game. The fielders get under the flies; the infield players do the same; it's the real game in miniature. There's nothing in the world like it."The game has working mechanical parts, with runners able to scamper around the bases.
This, along with Mike Eruzione's 1980 Lake Placid game-worn uniform, have received all the press. Below is the bloody sock worn by Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series. Schillings financial trouble have been well publicized, so it should be a surprise that he has decided to let this one go. It has been estimated that it would sell in excess of $100,000.
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