Legendary June 2009
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So revered was Napoleon Lajoie that almost immediately after being acquired by the Cleveland Bronchos, that team changed its mascot name to the "Naps." A five-time batting champion, Lajoie prompted the manufacture of keepsakes such as the offered piece. Issued by the Cleveland Leader (which was to merge with the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1917), this unique diamond artifact is comprised of a 1-1/2"-diameter cello button attachment that showcases Lajoie's likeness. With bold blue and gold hues, the legend along the perimeter reads: "CLEVELAND LEADER - NAPS." The button is attached to a plastic backing, the reverse of which is home to a hand-held scoring device. With dials for "VISITORS," "HOME CLUB," and "INNINGS," the fully functional device facilitates scoring of up to twelve runs (for each team) and to accommodate a game as long as twelve innings. The piece is secured to a leather fob with a metal buckle. Excellent condition.
Circa 1909 Napoleon Lajoie "Cleveland Leader" Watch Fob Scorer
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