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    The Red Sox manager's personal symbol of glory!

    1912 Boston Red Sox World Championship Pendant Presented to Jake Stahl. It's unfair to condense the story of the 1912 World Series to Fred Snodgrass' "$30,000 Muff," but it remains one of the most notorious moments in baseball history. Named for the difference in the winner's and loser's share of the World Series bounty ($29,514.34, to be precise), the New York Giants outfielder's costly bungle of a routine pop fly in the tenth inning of the decisive Game Eight trails only Bill Buckner's 1986 gaffe in baseball infamy, when that karmic debt was repaid to New York City and the baseball gods.

    Tied at three games apiece, with Game Two concluding in a six-run deadlock when darkness rendered play past the eleventh inning impossible, the New York Giants and the Boston Red Sox flipped a coin to determine the location of the decisive Game Eight, with Boston winning the toss. It would prove to be a contentious setting. The famous Boston Royal Rooters, led by Michael "Nuf Ced" McGreevy, had seen their seats sold out from under them for Game Seven and boycotted the eighth game in protest. Others had become convinced that the Sox were intentionally throwing the Series due to Smoky Joe Wood's awful showing, and the fact he pitched from a full windup rather than going into the stretch when the Giants had men aboard. Having been denied gate receipts for the Game Two tie, the Red Sox may have been betting on the Giants to recoup the loss, many theorized. The park was only half-filled as Game Eight began.

    It quickly became apparent that both teams were intent upon victory, as starting pitchers Christy Mathewson and Hugh Bedient bedeviled opposing hitters, allowing just a single run apiece through seven innings of play. Smoky Joe Wood entered the game for the Sox in the eighth to replace Bedient, who had been lifted for a pinch hitter, matching Matty's goose eggs in the next two frames to supply World Series history with its first extra innings in a decisive final game.

    Red Murray would double with one out in the top of the tenth, and was subsequently driven in by a Fred Merkle single to move the Giants within three defensive outs of the title. Herzog and Meyers were then retired in succession, but the damage had been done. With the great Christy Mathewson still pitching brilliantly in the bottom of the tenth, the Red Sox needed a miracle.

    And they would get it.

    The next day's New York Times recounted the moment: "And now the ball settles. It is full and fair in the pouch of the padded glove of Snodgrass. But he is too eager to toss it to Murray and it dribbles to the ground." Red Sox batter Clyde Engel, granted a stunning stay of execution, found himself standing at second base with no outs, 180 feet from a continuation of the contest. Snodgrass' marvelous catch on the subsequent Harry Hooper drive is largely forgotten, and Engel was able to move to third on the tag.

    Mathewson, typically a master of control, then inexplicably walked Steve Yerkes, putting the winning run on base. Next up was Hall of Fame legend Tris Speaker, who gleefully watched his pop-up in foul territory drop to the turf as Mathewson directed the wrong fielder to take the play. Speaker shouted to Matty, "Well, you just called for the wrong man, and it's gonna cost you the ball game!" True to his word, Speaker singled home Engel, with Yerkes advancing to third. After intentionally walking Duffy Lewis to load the bases to assure a force at every bag, Mathewson surrendered a deep fly ball to Larry Gardner, and Yerkes tagged from third for the first walk-off victory in World Series history.

    Presented is one of the most significant relics to emerge from that dramatic early Fall Classic, the World Championship pendant issued to Red Sox manager Jake Stahl. This format was the prevailing individual award, with small variations, between 1908 and 1920 before a gradual transition to rings. A genuine diamond rests at center of a figural baseball diamond at center, extending outward to concentric circles of "World's Champions 1912" text and laurel wreath imagery.

    Verso is engraved with the victorious manager's full name, "Garland Stahl," and stamped with the jeweler's hallmark "F.H. Co." and the gold content of "14K." Original threaded post and nut remain in place. Weight is seven grams (7 g.). Fine condition.


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