Hank Gowdy was the original “Mr October” long before Reggie Jackson claimed the
moniker. Gowdy hit safely 6 times and batted .545 in the 1914 World Series. Gowdy
and the 1914 Braves enjoyed one of the most spectacular come backs being 20 games
out of first place in July but overtook John McGraw’s Giants and won the World Series
in ease, 4 games to none to the heavily favored Philadelphia Athletics. The Braves
Manager George Stallings stated flatly that Gowdy was the most valuable player during
the “miracle run.” Gowdy would continue catching for the Braves through 1917 gaining
considerable fame and admiration for becoming the first major leaguer to enlist in WWI
on June 1st, 1917. Hank Gowdy’s war record was quite impressive, he served with
distinction in the 166th infantry, part of the famed “rainbow division, the fighting 42nd.”
Gowdy returned home a respected war hero who was equal in popularity in Boston as
the mayor. Hank continued to play ball with the Braves through 1923 when he was
traded to the NY Giants, still led by John McGraw who remembered Gowdy’s clutch
hitting as part of the 1914 “miracle team.” Gowdy went on to play in 2 World Series with
the Giants…he retired in 1925.
Watch dial with enamel loss and a hairline between 7 and 8 o’clock, else fine and it
runs. Paper objects are overall good condition with typical soiling, edge wear, scratches
typical of early 20th century paper; presentation document displays bright vivid color.
The uniform pants are very good with soiling, minor mothing, minor repairs.
• 14k gold 1-3/4″ Waltham watch presented by baseball fans of Boston
and New England upon his return from WWI.
• Elaborate 1924 colored lithograph certificate dedicating “Gowdy Field” at
Fort Benning GA stating “Harry Gowdy was the first major league player to
enter the service after the declaration of war in 1917.” This document was
presented to Gowdy at the polo grounds in New York City. Included are
contemporary photographs of the presentation ceremony.
• Pair of game worn New York Giant pants with Gowdy’s name embroidered.
• Original baseball card, Gowdy, Boston Braves, American Caramel Co.
• Small 1911 Helmar Tobacco “stamp” featuring rookie Hank Gowdy
• Felt blanket, Gowdy with the Braves, 7” square
• 1914 World Series Boston Braves Matchbook cover featuring Gowdy and
biography, issued 1935-1937
• “Howdy Gowdy” pin given to fans upon his trade…Boston Braves to
the New York Giants
• Included in this archive are many original photographs and images
including a 1914 group photo of the world champion Boston Braves, WWI
Photographs with Gowdy, newspaper clippings and more.
1914 Boston Braves World Champion Leather Pillowtop, razor sharp silver print depicting team
photograph…1914 "Miracle Braves" club by the renowned studio of Elmer and Burt Underwood,
one of the giants of the photography industry before falling victim to the Great Depression. This
is one of the few surviving pillow tops featuring the team photo; Hall of Famers Johnny Evers
and Rabbit Maranville are sitting in the front row.
The Boston [Miracle] Braves improved upon their last-place record of 26 wins and 40 losses in
early July, 1914 to finish the season with a record of 94 wins and 59 losses; they then swept the
Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series, the franchise would not win another pennant until 1948.
As typed on the verso of the Underwood & Underwood photograph:
BOSTON BRAVES, MOST LIKELY CONTENDERS FOR WORLD’S BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP.
“A new group photo of the lightning speed “Boston Braves” now leading the National
League race for the pennant. With the “Athletics” they are the most likely contender for
the World’s championship series”.
Top row, left to right: James, Cathers, Deal, Davis, Cottrell, Cocreham, Hess, Mann,
Gowdy, Schmidt and Whaling. Center row, left to right: Whitted, Dugey, Tyler, Strand,
DeVore, Gilbert, Smith and Moran. Bottom row, left to right: Connolly, Mitchell, Willie
Connors (Mascot), Rudolph, Maranville, Crutcher, martin and Evers. 9/16/14.
Excellent original condition; not examined out of frame; Frame: 33" x 39.5"; view: 26" x 33".
The Galveston Giant, John Arthur "Jack" Johnson; American boxer who became the
first African American world heavyweight boxing champion at the height of the Jim Crow
period. An 8.5” dish, black transfer, the molded rim with gold trim…excellent original
This is an important artifact, a gorgeous gold topped walking stick presented to the reigning Heavyweight Champion by a local Boston secret society. The unique 38-inch ebony cane features an outstanding cast and carved, elegantly engraved gold handle that reads: “JL Sullivan By His Irish Friends of the Pueblos 1883”
This item by descent within the family that owned a Dorchester bar that Sullivan frequented. The bar owner partnered/financed some of Sullivan’s ventures, not all were successful; he received this artifact as payment for a failed business arrangement. The cane remained in this family for 112-years according to the signed and notarized statement of provenance. This cane and other Sullivan artifacts were consigned to us nearly 20-years ago. We are pleased to again be afforded an opportunity to present Sullivan’s personal cane for sale. (Overall: 37.5”)
Additional Information: Figural Spirit of Ecstasy letter opener/paperknife…an
unmistakable image; famous car mascot used as a hood ornament for decades.
Original presentation box.
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