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In a cursory examination of this antique souvenir pin, we immediately recognize that it's an early tribute to Connie Mack and his remarkable Philadelphia Athletics. The celluloid piece measures 1-3/4" in diameter, and it's fitted with an unconventional (though original) attaching brooch pin as a fastener. Centrally situated in this array of 16 photo portraits is Baseball's "Grand Old Man," Connie Mack. However, he's certainly not 'old' in this rendering, nor is he particularly 'grand.' As of the original dispensing of the souvenir, Connie Mack was a 39-year old manager (and only part-owner) of the Philadelphia Athletics in the fledgling American League. Moreover, the vintage of this antique quite pre-dates Connie Mack's first dynasty. (Arbitrarily, he became 'grand' about a decade later.) With the aid of a jeweler's loupe, we discover the last-name identities of these Athletics, and deduce that the piece dates to 1902 - the team's first triumphant season. Detailed (left-to-right and top-to-bottom) these American League champions are: Lave Cross, Doc Powers, Ossie Schrecongost, Monte Cross, Danny Murphy, Socks Seybold, Topsy Hartsel, Connie Mack, Harry Davis, Lou Castro, Dave Fultz, Fred Mitchell, Eddie Plank, Rube Waddell, Bert Husting, and Highball Wilson.
Though the pin's illustration doesn't provide a date, the inclusion of one-year Athletics Wilson, Husting and Castro distinctly isolates the vintage of this piece to that 1902 season. (Castro was the first Major Leaguer born in South America, and Husting - after a 14-5 season in 1902 - abandoned baseball to pursue a law career.) With the rostering of such moundsmen as Plank and Waddell, we tend to regard these early Philadelphia teams as functions of their pitching invincibility. Truth is, the 1902 Athletics fielded six regulars who posted .300+ averages. This was a great team, the 1902 Philadelphia Athletics, and they're splendidly lauded herein. Noting only some light foxing toward the left aspect, we advance this ancient celluloid pin as EX-EX/MT.
1902 Philadelphia Athletics Team Composite Pinback
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