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1918 American Red Cross Prize Medal Presented to Alexa Stirling. ...

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

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1918 American Red Cross Prize Medal Presented to Alexa Stirling. This large bronze medal was awarded to Alexa Stirling in 1918 by the American Red Cross. The front of the medal reads "American Red Cross Prize Medal" along with "Awarded in Recognition of Aid to the Cause of Humanity" and "World War." The back is circumscribed with the motto, "Supremacy Generosity Patriotism" and the personalized engraving reads, "To Miss Alexa Stirling in Recognition of Service in Golf Matches Under Auspices of Western Golf Association 1918." Stirling, along with other golf stars, participated in many benefit matches during World War I in order to raise money for the war effort. Stirling played with and against some of the biggest golf stars of the era, such as Jerry Travers and Bobby Jones. Most commonly, she toured in a group of four labeled "The Dixie Whiz Kids" which included Alexa, Bobby Jones, Perry Adair, and Elaine Rosenthal. It was reported that those youngsters alone raised $200,000 in 1918 for the Red Cross relief effort. The medal has its original patina and measures two inches in diameter. Heritage sold an identical Red Cross medal awarded to Jerry Travers in 2012. Letter of provenance from Stirling family.

The Alexa Stirling Collection


One of the famous "Dixie Kids," a group of young Southern golfers that included her friend Bobby Jones, Elaine Rosenthal and Perry Adair, Stirling arguably made her greatest contribution to the sport of golf with her Red Cross tour of exhibitions in support of the World War I effort. But feminists would properly argue that her early fame -she once beat a young Bobby Jones in a match!-was a key step in the acceptance of the female athlete. Stirling remained active in the golf community until her passing in 1977, and was properly honored, albeit posthumously, with induction to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame the following year. Presented in the lots to follow are a selection of key relics from young Stirling's best years on the links. Each will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from the Stirling family, and make their hobby debut in this Signature Auction.

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