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Globally, folks tune in to find out how the Mud Hens did. Historically, baseball in Toledo has been a hapless institution, but fans have supported their home nine for over a century now, due in no small part to their snazzy name. In the '30s, when minor league clubs were crystalizing into the orbits of the Major Leagues - the so-called "farm system" - Toledo gravitated toward the St. Louis Browns. And in light of the perennial standings in the American Association during that era, we agree that there was a kindred bond between the Browns and the Mud Hens. But in the spirit of supporting the team, a local Toledo bakery, under the banner of Mrs. Sherlock's, embarked on a promotion by awarding customers with a celluloid pin in their bread loaves. The year was 1933 and Mrs. Sherlock's directed the making of 18 different baseball subjects for their marketing campaign. Here offered is a complete set from that production. The pins are 7/8" in diameter, and the condition of this set is superlative. We report that the pins of Steve O'Neill (then a playing manager) and Roxie Lawson bear some minor discoloration (they're EX-EX/MT), but the rest of the pins are NM-NM/MT. As it evolved, fifteen of these eighteen players enjoyed some measure of Big League tenure. The only mystery that persists about this set however is the pitcher identified as "Scott." No such player was rostered with the Mud Hens in that era.
1933 PB5-3 Mrs. Sherlock's Bread Pins Complete Set (18)
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