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    1913 World Series Press Pin (Philadelphia Athletics). The White Elephants retained the basic aesthetics of the 1911 edition for their 1913 press pin, but entrusted production to a new maker to commemorate this Fall Classic rematch with the New York Giants. Christy Mathewson and Eddie Plank would face off twice during the Series, with Big Six claiming the National League Champions' sole victory in Game Two before dropping the clinching Game Five to the Athletics legend just three days later. The victory would prove to be the last taste of October glory for Connie Mack until 1929. Neither pitcher would live to see it.

    A blue and white ribbon is embossed "Press" in gold and connects a brooch-backed pin adorned with the logo of the Baseball Writers Association of America and raised text reporting, "World's Series, Shibe Park, Phila. 1913" to a lower emblem bearing a team logo and "American Baseball Club of Philadelphia" enameled text. Verso is stamped, "J.E. Caldwell & Co., Phila." Ribbon is lightly soiled, but aesthetics remain impressive. Original box with identifying text on lid is included (lid slightly damaged). Letter of provenance from consignor.


    The Stephen O. Grauley World Series Press Pin Collection.

    While the name may be familiar only to the most advanced Dead Ball Era historian, the influence of Stephen O. Grauley upon our national pastime continues to assert itself in the sports collectibles hobby over a century after the innovation which serves as his legacy. In his capacity as a leading sportswriter for the Philadelphia Inquirer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Grauley had been one of the leading documentarians of the city's baseball exploits, most notably that of the Philadelphia Athletics of the nascent American League and his close friend and team skipper Connie Mack. But today, it is Grauley's recognition as the "Father of the Press Pin" that has ensured his enduring fame.

    The press pin was a revelation that came to Grauley as the A's found themselves on a Fall Classic collision course with the National League Champion New York Giants. The Giants' fiery manager John McGraw was notorious for cramming his buddies into the press box for important games, as Grauley had learned from his coverage of contests involving local Senior Circuit affiliate the Philadelphia Phillies. Considering the public interest in the approaching high-stakes showdown, Grauley suspected McGraw would attempt the same for the 1911 World Series games at Shibe Park. Thus the press pin was born as a means of regulating entry to the limited square footage of Philadelphia's home field journalist quarters.

    The handsome pin was an instant hit, and a tradition was born. Grauley's 1911 example is one of only five or six known to survive to this day, and its pristine condition and special significance establishes it as the most desirable World Series press pin ever offered. Also for sale within this Platinum Night event are Grauley's pins for the 1913 and 1914 Athletics, and the 1915 Philadelphia Phillies, each likewise among the rarest and finest press pins known.


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