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1914 Boston Braves Pinback and "Royal Rooters" Ribbon Hanger - Rare

Lot Number 98

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Long before the "Red Sox Nation" took shape, a fervent Beantown fan base led by one Michael "Nuf Ced" McGreevey formed the "Royal Rooters" fraternity. With the chorus from "Tessie" as their familiar refrain, the clan assembled at local baseball games (first, Red Sox contests and eventually, Braves battles) and later, at McGreevy's "3rd Base" watering hole (named in honor of the last stop before "home"). The offered ribbon and pinback keepsake represents a significant fan base rarity: a Boston Braves 1914 World Series champions pin and an accompanying "Royal Rooters" ribbon hanger. The 2-1/4"-diameter pin showcases a colorful American Indian-themed logo, flanked by proclamations of "BOSTON BRAVES" and "CHAMPIONS 1914" above and below, respectively. On the reverse, a thick paper stock backing has an "A.R. Lopez & Bros." local distributors stamping. The pin shows slight discoloration along its lower perimeter. Mired in dead last as late as July 19 that season, the Braves were highly unlikely champions. This pinback-ribbon coupling, meanwhile, is perhaps more unlikely, as precious few survivors of either remain. Secured to a 2-5/8"-long vintage metallic hanger, the 2"-wide deep-red ribbon reads "BOSTON ROYAL ROOTERS" and has been adhered (with transparent tape) to the pinback. Most definitely an all-original example, the ribbon has become frayed and almost completely separated (in three separate sections) over the years. Regardless of condition, these relics carry a common mythical status: they are both survivors of a bygone era prior to any curse or ill-fated transactions that haunted Boston's baseball combatants.

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