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1923 Yankee Stadium Terra Cotta Figural Piece....

2013 February 23 - 24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070

 
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Auction Ended On: Feb 23, 2013
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

Description:
An artful remembrance of The House that Ruth Built
1923 Yankee Stadium Terra Cotta Figural Piece. For five decades, from the birth of The House that Ruth Built until the 1973 renovations, this treasure of baseball archaeology kept watch over the millions of fans passing through the home plate gates of Yankee Stadium. The 16x19x3.5" slab of baseball history should be instantly recognizable to those fans fortunate enough to have visited the Stadium during its first half century of life, and now that the game's most important venue is nothing but a memory, the importance and appeal becomes all the more vivid. One can't help but dream of all the great and memorable events that occurred as this handsome relic stood sentinel-the first World Championship of 1923, the Babe's sixtieth home run in 1927, Lou Gehrig's 1939 farewell, Joe DiMaggio's fabled 1941 streak.

These terra cotta pieces are clearly visible in vintage photography, and Yankee Stadium blueprints (modern copies of which are always available on eBay) present this design above the text "Terra Cotta Panels on Balconies." The decorative design consists of two baseballs in the center of a scrolled pattern backed by a golden oval that was meant to convey a sense of glowing light. It's a stunning display piece that conveys better than any stadium chair or featureless brick the majesty of this Golden Age monument to our National Pastime. Fifty years of weathering is apparent upon its surface, but the weighty piece (eighty-two pounds) remains solid and undamaged, ready for a place of distinct honor in even the finest of private collections. Letter of provenance from superintendent of mid-1970's stadium renovation crew.





1923 Yankee Stadium Terra Cotta Figural Piece.


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