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1924 Washington Senators World Championship Pendant Presented to Leon "Goose" Goslin....

2013 May 2 - 4 Vintage Sports Collectible Signature Auction - Dallas #7075

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Auction Ended On: May 3, 2013
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

1924 Washington Senators World Championship Pendant Presented to Leon "Goose" Goslin. 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. The tides progressively changed, however, from Goose Goslin's official rookie season of 1922, adding sixteen to the win column for 1923, and another seventeen for 1924 to claim the pennant from the mighty Yankees by a two-game margin.

The subsequent World Series against the National League Champion New York Giants proved to be one of the most thrilling in history, extending to the bottom of the twelfth inning of a winner-take-all Game Seven until Earl McNeely's grounder took a bad hop past Hall of Fame third baseman Freddie Lindstrom and brought Senators catcher Muddy Ruel home with the walk-off run. Washington and their beloved veteran pitcher Walter Johnson had their first, and what would also prove to be their last, World Championship.

Each player received a gorgeous golden pendant for the unprecedented achievement, and this is Goslin's personal model as announced in the text on verso that reads, "Presented to Leon Goslin by the Commissioner of Baseball." Below we find stamping that reads, "14K, Dieges & Clust." The obverse is a testament to the mastery of that jeweler, the main provider of World Series press pins and awards during the 1920's and 1930's. The design is dominated by a view of the Capitol building, with patriotic red and blue enamel decorated with golden lettering that announces, "Washington World 1924 Champions." Soaring eagles and crossed bats enhance the design. Three diamonds have been removed from the display, not uncommon in this era when stones were appropriated for gifts to wives and girlfriends, but it would be very easy to have them replaced if desired. Likewise the loop at top that would have connected the pendant to a chain has been removed, but this too could be remedied if desired.

In order to dismiss any potential uncertainty, let us be clear that this is Goslin's one and only Championship award for 1924, the equivalent of a modern World Series ring. Almost never do such pieces from pre-war Hall of Famers find their way to the public auction block, so interested parties should bid to win.

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