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    1894 Baltimore Orioles World Champions Souvenir Pin. They deadened baseballs by freezing them, tilted baselines so bunts would roll fair, and scattered soap around the mound so opposing pitchers would get slippery fingers when they tried to dry their hands with dirt. They grabbed opposing baserunners' belts, hid balls in the high outfield grass, cut corners when running the bases, and supplied mirrors to their fans to blind visiting players. So was it underhanded tactics or elite talent that captured the first Temple Cup? Perhaps a little of both.

    The roster is absolutely bursting at the seams with Hall of Fame talent, as six of the sixteen men pictured on this rare and important relic are immortalized in Cooperstown bronze. Each Oriole is dressed in formal attire in tiny photographic cameo portraiture on the face of this rare pin, with his surname printted below (though many of these names have faded beyond legibility). We find manager Ned Hanlon, John McGraw, Wee Willie Keeler, Hughie Jennings, Dan Brouthers, Wilbert Robinson, Kid Gleason, Steve Brodie, Boileryard Clarke, Joe Kelley, Heinie Reitz, Sadie McMahon, Bill Hawke, Duke Esper, George Hemming, and Frank Bonner. The composite is entitled "Baltimore B.B.C. 1894" and protected behind a convex plastic lid. A dozen decades have applied a caramel tone to the display, but the aesthetics remain strong. Reverse pictures the famous Baltimore "Battle Monument" and text reporting, "Baltimore B.B.C. 1894 Champions of the World." Maker's marking below reads, "Torsch & Lee, Balto, Pat. Jan. 30, 1894."

    The 1.75" diameter disc dangles from its original black and orange ribbon. The stick pin is absent but otherwise light oxidation accounts for the condition report for the relic's upper half. Total length 3.75".


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    November, 2014
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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