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1924 Washington Senators World Championship Medallion Owned by Clark Griffith....

2014 February 22 - 23 Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Auction - New York #7100

 
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Auction Ended On: Feb 22, 2014
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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The Hall of Fame executive's personal Championship award!
1924 Washington Senators World Championship Medallion Owned by Clark Griffith. It's one of the most important and impressive Championship awards that Heritage has ever had the good fortune to offer, for its singular status as the franchise's only trip to the mountain top, for the Hall of Fame credentials of its owner, and for its stunning aesthetics. In an American League punctuated by eras of dominance in Boston, Philadelphia and New York, the Senators remained largely little more than a laughing stock, the butt of a vaudeville joke: Washington--first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League. The team had the greatest pitcher in baseball in the form of Walter Johnson, but little else. Then 1924 brought about the hiring of a new manager, future Hall of Famer Bucky Harris, who orchestrated one of the greatest turnarounds in Major League history. The Senator bats pounded out 755 runs while the Johnson-led rotation gave up just 613, a stunning improvement of 169 in run differential from the previous season to finish two games ahead of the mighty Yanks in the pennant race.

A Game Seven walk-off victory concluded a hard-fought Fall Classic meeting with the New York Giants, supplying our nation's capital with what would prove to be its sole World Championship. We offer the ultimate symbol of that achievement here, consigned to this Platinum Night auction by Clark Griffith III, the grandson of the joyful team owner.

The spectacular aesthetics of the piece will be familiar to veteran Heritage clientele, as we have offered those belonging to catcher Herold "Muddy" Ruel and Hall of Fame outfielder Leon "Goose" Goslin in past sales. An embossed image of the US Capitol building rises above a ball and bats motif, with a genuine diamond set at center of the former. A golden "Washington" is emblazoned across the red enamel header, with "World 1924 Champions" similarly placed along the blue footer. Like previous offerings, the verso is stamped "14 KT, Dieges & Clust" by the famous jeweler that dominated production of Championship and press pins of the era, but absent is the language regarding its presentation by the Commissioner of Baseball. The letter from Griffith's grandson explains this absence, stating, "I believe this medallion was ordered by my grandfather for himself or his wife Addie."
While the medallion is a slight variation on those presented by the Commissioner, it is important to stress that it was created by the same jeweler from the same mold and that it belonged to arguably the most important figure in Washington baseball history. The condition is spectacular, effectively unchanged from the date of its production, during the most exciting and consequential era of the pre-war game. Letter of provenance from Clark Griffith III.






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