1913 Polo Grounds New York Giants Season Pass Pocket Knife Of the various charms and pendants issued by the President of the New York Giants each season, bestowing a season's pass to the uptown Manhattan ballpark in the 1910's was a supreme honor and the 1913 pocket knife is generally considered the favorite. Of course they were issued only in very limited supply -- Brush needed to sell tickets, after all -- so when you see one, it's a pretty good bet that the former owner was famous, or well-connected. The former is true in this case. Opposite the stamped lettering, "Polo Grounds Thrills For You -- Season 1913, Not Transferable -- John T. Brush, Pres." is engraved, "No. 254 Mr. & Mrs. Forrest Robinson." Mr. Robinson was one of the most celebrated Broadway actors of the era, and one of the top Manhattan socialites as a result. We would hope that he made good use of the pass this season, as it was a fine one indeed. A rookie named Jim Thorpe made his first appearance on the diamond for the Giants, Matty and Marquard won almost fifty games between them, and the club posted a pennant-winning record of 101 wins and just fifty-one losses. The knife shows no dents or dings, and just some minor foxing, but it is likely that with a good polishing it could return to a state closely resembling its former glory. A fine piece of old New York baseball (and Broadway) history.

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