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    1923 New York Yankees Championship Watch Presented to Ed Barrow. Hold onto your Yankee top hats, as this is one of the most exciting artifacts to surface in recent memory from the twenty-six World Championship seasons in Bronx history. The pocket watch offered here represents the spoils of war from the very first World Series victory, presented to Hall of Fame executive Ed Barrow, arguably the man most responsible for building the Yankees into the dominating force of professional baseball through his service as general manager from 1920 through 1945.

    It must be stressed that the Championship ring is a later phenomenon, and that this pocket watch is the 1923 equivalent. And it's a gorgeous piece of art at that, a fourteen-karat gold octagonal open-face beauty by Gruen-Verithen. The case's verso is masterfully engraved with a miniature scene of a pitcher, hitter and catcher, and a ball in flight in their midst. Framing the scene are the historic words, "Yankees, World's Champions 1923." The case snaps open to find further engraving inside, which reads, "Presented by Yankees Baseball Club to E.G. Barrow."

    Condition is wonderful, with minor foxing of the dial the only issue that could be noted. The watch still functions perfectly, patiently ticking off the hours until World Championship number twenty-seven some time in the near future. For the baseball historian who understands the significance of Barrow in the development of the New York Yankees as American sport's most noteworthy franchise, this is pure gold in more ways than one.


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    April, 2009
    23rd-24th Thursday-Friday
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