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Though not irrefutable, one of the most credible accounts for the evolution of the Yankee “top hat” logo asserts that a certain Sam Friedman (a locally recognized artist) authored the image – today, perhaps the most recognized symbol in the galaxy of sport. Seems that in the 1940s Sam was a frequent patron of New York’s 21 Club, as was Yankee co-owner, Dan Topping. And there in 1947, as the two men leisured through refreshments, Sam offered his creative rendering on a handy bar napkin. Topping loved it, and with a couple tweakings to its finalized image, Topping (and the Yankees) adopted it. As such, this offered pennant ranks among the early commercial renderings of the now universally famous logo. This one is especially alluring in that it is set against a dark green felt material – a color quite uncommon in Yankee artifacts. The piece is characterized by a little spot staining on the white reinforcement; it’s tethered, with a perfect tip, and it has no tack holes – EX-EX/MT.
Late-1940s New York Yankees A.L. Champions Green Felt Pennant
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