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    1915 Boston Red Sox World Championship Pendant Presented to Mike McNally. A teammate of Babe Ruth for a decade and his friend for life, Mike McNally won five pennants with the Babe in Boston and New York (six overall) and shared an exuberance for life both on and off the field. "I learned to laugh and have fun with him," McNally once said of the Babe. Mad for baseball, Minooka Mike also won the hearts of the fans with his deft fielding, daring base-running, and "authenticity." The Sporting News wrote: "There is no more popular local base ball product than McNally. The fans like him because he is the same Mike McNally today that he was when he was on the amateur lots." After his playing days were done, he became a popular scout, manager, and executive.

    McNally was just a rookie when this exceedingly rare symbol of achievement was bestowed upon the utility infielder of the 1915 BoSox squad. The Babe's 1915 Championship medal has never surfaced in the hobby however, and this is only the second example which crossed the auction block in the past fifteen years of sales records, making the urgency of bidding competition all the more pressing.

    Those experienced in the award collecting subgenre are well aware that the Championship ring for World Series victory first debuted in 1922 and became the standard format in 1926. Before that time, pendants and watch fobs were the most common player prize. This elegantly-crafted representation utilizes design features effectively identical to those found on the 1911 Athletics and 1914 Braves models, suggesting that all were crafted by the same jeweler in that era. A real diamond rests at the center of a figural baseball diamond on the face of the primary emblem, ringed by concentric circles of "World's Champions 1915" text and laurel wreath design respectively. Verso is artfully engraved "M.J. McNally."

    This disc, which measures 1.25" in diameter, was separated from its original issued format, with ornate golden link and black leather ribbon, when McNally added the inscription "To Mary" and presented it to his wife to be worn, presumably, as a necklace pendant. The award survives in nearly pristine condition. Gold tests at fourteen karats (14k). Weight is fourteen grams (14 g.).


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