The great Yankees vs. Dodgers World Series rivalry begins...1941 New York Yankees World Championship Pocket Watch Presented to Spurgeon "Spud" Chandler. It's a Yankees season best remembered for Joe DiMaggio's storied fifty-six game hitting streak, a remarkable record for consistency that has not seen a significant threat in the three-quarters of a century since. But that season stands in bold lettering in the Bronx history books for another reason, as the first of seven "Subway Series" battles between the Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers, with even more to come after the Bums' westward relocation. As such, relics from that first edition are widely and properly coveted by collectors with a concentration in World Series history.
The design is identical to that delivered at the close of the 1937 and 1938 seasons, examples of which appear within this Platinum Night auction. "New York Yankees 1941" is imprinted on the white dial, with "World Champs" applied in gold lettering as hour markers. Player attribution appears on case verso with engraving that reads, "Presented by Baseball Commissioner to Spurgeon Chandler." A later engraving transfers ownership to Chandler's son Frank, who was born in 1941.
It would appear that the watch was never used, as it presents in truly pristine condition inside its original hinged bakelite display case. A quick turn of the crown resuscitates the ticking pulse of the relic, ready to count the hours until the next Yankee Championship. Watch measures 1.75" in diameter. Letter of provenance from the Chandler family.
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