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    1918 John "Stuffy" McInnis Presentational Silver Set from the Philadelphia Athletics. The famous first baseman of Connie Mack's celebrated "$100,000 Infield" got a hero's welcome upon his return to Shibe Park after being traded to the eventual World Champion Boston Red Sox, as well as the fine boxed set of silverware we present here. The twelve-place sterling silver set was initially sold by McInnis' daughter in 2002, and we include her original handwritten letter of provenance (which incorrectly lists the date as 1917). The occasion is recounted on page twenty-eight of Allan Wood's "Babe Ruth and the 1918 Red Sox," a copy of which is included.

    "The Philadelphia Athletics hosted the Red Sox in their home opener at Shibe Park on April 23. The four former Athletics now with Boston were welcomed back and given gifts before the game--a diamond-studded pin for Joe Bush, a chest of silver for Stuffy McInnis, a bouquet of flowers and a silver-headed cane for Schang and a set of golf clubs for Joe Bush."

    As McInnis was known to be very friendly with the Sox' young pitcher Babe Ruth, it's quite likely that the two dined together using this set, which remains complete to this day, each utensil engraved with McInnis' initials, and the wooden box bearing a plaque engraved "Presented to John P. McInnis By The Philadelphia Athletics, Opening Day - Shibe Park 1918." The hinged wooden case (6x15x18") exhibits the handling wear one would expect from nearly a century of life but still presents nicely. Silver measures ninety-two percent pure and weighs 145 ounces, for a melt value (at current rates) in excess of our low estimate. A unique and special keepsake from a central figure in two of the great Dead Ball Era dynasties.

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    April, 2011
    21st-22nd Thursday-Friday
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