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    Circa 1940 Yankee Stadium Flag: New York Yankees.

    The home team! We love the red detailing on this one. That color appears nowhere in the Yankees repertoire, so it could only have been applied to make the flag more eye-catching from a distance, allowing fans approaching the stadium to spot the Yankee position--of course, that was typically in front. We admit that condition is rough, with a long horizontal tear splitting "York" and touching the "w" in "New," and a good bit of staining and die bleed, but the tear could be stitched back up and the memories are impervious to injury.


    1930's Yankee Stadium Team Pennant Race Flags

    This collection of eight flags representing each of the American League cities is purported to have flown at Yankee Stadium during the pre-war era, likely during the times of Gehrig and DiMaggio. Each flag is manufactured by "Annin" company and its subsidiary "Defiance," as per labels affixed to the grommeted headings. Annin is arguably the most esteemed flag maker in the country, having manufactured the flag that draped Abraham Lincoln's coffin and the one Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted on the surface of Moon.

    Each flag measures approximately eight feet in length, crafted from heavy cotton twill and exhibiting the heavy wear one would expect from multiple seasons of exposure to the elements. These flags would have been hoisted above the infield grandstands to indicate the day-to-day order of the pennant race. They come to us from a specialist in military collectibles who discovered the flags packed together in a box while engaged in his hobby.

    Stadium flags such as these would never have borne physical attribution to their home ballparks, but strong evidence exists to establish The House that Ruth Built as the genesis with a high degree of probability. Beyond the fact that the Annin company headquarters has been based in Roseland, New Jersey for six generations (a town just twenty miles from New York City), and ballpoint ink handwritten "Yankee Stadium" notations appear on each flag heading from an earlier owner, the New York flag is the only example to add a third color to its design--an eye-catching red joining the appropriate navy and white.

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    May, 2019
    16th-17th Thursday-Friday
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