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1894 Baltimore Orioles Team Bandanna
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,896.00
Rare commemorative bandanna issued in celebration of the Baltimore Orioles' 1894 National League Championship. The linen textile (22 x 20 inches), intended for use as a decorative pillowcase, features portrait illustrations of the following sixteen team members: Ned Hanlon (Mgr.), John McGraw, "Wee" Willie Keeler, Hughie Jennings, Dan Brouthers, Wilbert Robinson, Joe Kelley, Kid Gleason, Steve Brodie, Boileryard Clarke, Heinie Reitz, Sadie McMahon, Bill Hawke, Duke Esper, Gorge Hemming, and Frank Bonner. "1894 Champions Baltimore Base Ball Club" is lettered above the portraits. The Orioles captured their first of three consecutive pennants in 1894. The team also won World Championships in 1896 and 1897, thus firmly establishing the Orioles as the top team of the decade. The Orioles, aside from their obvious talent on the field, are also remembered today for their fiery demeanor and, at times, their total disregard for the rules of the game. Led by future Hall of Famer John McGraw, the team adopted a "win at all costs" mentality that included tripping and holding opposing players as they ran the bases, spiking players, and hiding balls in the tall outfield grass on defense. The linen piece is lightly soiled, including a few areas of scattered light staining. A small printing flaw affects the portrait image of Steve Brodie. Dispite the minor flaws, which are commensurate with its age, this is one of the finer examples we have handled. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This is a very rare and substantial display piece commemorating the first championship team of the legendary 1890s Baltimore Orioles dynasty. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,896.00
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