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    1906 Chicago Champions Gold Medallion Presented to Cubs Shortstop Joe Tinker. It was an arrival in our Dallas offices that both thrilled and confused--a gold medallion presented to an early Hall of Fame immortal, but one that appeared to celebrate an unearned accomplishment. Dead Ball Era historians are well aware that the very first World Series to be contested entirely within the borders of a single city occurred in 1906 when the White Sox of the American League met the Cubs of the National League to determine dominance over not just the Windy City, but the entirety of professional baseball. It was a Fall Classic that the White Sox would claim in decisive four-games-to-two fashion.

    So why would the shortstop of the vanquished Cubs have been awarded a medallion with the words, "1906 Chicago Champions?"

    A deep dive into newspaper archives solves the mystery. Between October 11 and October 15 of 1905, the two teams faced off in a postseason series as the rest of the baseball world turned its attention to the second edition of the World Series that saw the New York Giants reclaim the National League's honor after the debacle of the 1903 inaugural edition.

    The Cubs would take that synchronous Chicago series four games to one, establishing them as the reigning Chicago Champions of the following season: 1906.

    The design is both understated and elegant, featuring a large, genuine diamond at center of obverse and ball and bats imagery, with "1906 Chicago Champions" standing in raised text at the perimeter. Verso is artfully engraved, "Presented to Joe B. Tinker By National Commission." The medallion measures just over an inch (1") in diameter and weighs twelve grams (12 g.). Dual links at top edge suggest this rare tribute to Dead Ball Era achievement was meant to operate as a watch fob.

    An included letter of provenance asserts that the relic was passed down to our consignor through his great aunt, who married Tinker in 1942 when he was sixty-one and his bride was just forty. At the time of Tinker's passing, just six years later, ownership was passed to our consignor's father, who quickly gifted it to his baseball-loving son. Letter of provenance from grand-nephew of Joe Tinker.

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    October, 2018
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