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1906 Chicago White Sox World Championship Watch Fob Presented to James "Hub" Hart....

2011 August Chicago Signature Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction #7037

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 4, 2011
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Location: Muvico
9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

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1906 Chicago White Sox World Championship Watch Fob Presented to James "Hub" Hart. Remembered in baseball history by the less-than-flattering nickname "The Hitless Wonders," the Chicago White Sox managed to capture the American League pennant despite posting the worst team batting average (.230) in the Junior Circuit. Most expected the A.L. Champs to be easy prey for the crosstown National League Champs, a juggernaut anchored by the Hall of Fame quartet of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, Frank Chance and pitching ace Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, which posted a stunning 116-36 record to finish with a twenty-game lead over the second place Giants. But despite the fact that the Sox bats remained cold for the Fall Classic, their pitching managed to refrigerate the Cubs' lumber as well, leading to a six-game Series victory for the American League side.

Presented is the first Championship award we've yet encountered from this first World Series contested entirely within a single city's borders, and just the third of baseball history. It was presented to back-up catcher James Henry "Hub" Hart, whose three seasons of Major League service were rendered solely in a ChiSox uniform. To ensure no misunderstanding, we stress that this fine relic is the modern equivalent of the Championship ring--the sole World Series victor's prize presented to the members of the winning team.

The obverse features the winged foot team logo, complete with an enameled white sock, ringed by the verbiage "World's Champions 'White Sox.'" Eagle wings and ball and bats iconography frames the design against a stars and bars background, with a single genuine diamond set into the top. The design is replicated on verso with a few modifications, the diamond swapped out for a sapphire and the engraved text "J. Hart, 1906" orbiting a central globe. Mild enamel wear represents the entirety of condition issues. Pendant (not inclusive of chain) measures approximately 1.25x1.75" and tests at fourteen karat gold. An exceedingly rare and aesthetically stunning Championship artifact makes its triumphant return to Chicago within this Platinum Night auction.

The fob is consigned to this event by the granddaughter of "Hub" Hart, with her signed letter of provenance.

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