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Thriving through much of the 19th Century and well into the 1920s, the Pittsburgh Dispatch emerged as one of the nation's largest dailies. Under the guidance of the O'Neill brothers, Daniel and Eugene, the Dispatch was in full stride just as the local ball team - the Pirates, that is - were hotly pursuing the National League pennant in 1903. That year, this promotional pin appeared - perhaps as a gratuity to loyal subscribers. Featuring an improbable figure dubbed Pickle Neary, readers were encouraged to reference the newspaper's thorough-reporting sports section. Garbed in a humble neighborhood ballsuit, Pickle urges "Say! Look me up in de...Pittsburg Sunday Dispatch." This is a celluloid pin, 1-1/2" in diameter, that bears a paper insert in the reverse divulging its maker, the Baltimore Badge & Novelty Co. Beautifully color-illustrated, this remote antique remains perfectly contoured and its surface is virtually pristine...ultimately, the piece is NM/MT. Unobtrusively appearing in the pin's lower perimeter is its copyright, "1903," and therefore wonderfully coinciding with that year's pennant triumph in the City of Steel.
1903 Pittsburg Sunday Dispatch Baseball Pinback
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