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September 18, 1956, "Jake Pitler Night" Pin with Accompanying Photos
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $296.25
On September 18, 1956, the Brooklyn Dodgers honored longtime coach Jake Pitler with a special on-field ceremony in commemoration of his long and devoted service with the club. Offered here is an exceedingly rare ribbon pin issued on that date. The pin (1.75 inches in diameter) features a bust-length image of Pitler in uniform, while the white silk ribbon reads "Jake Pitler Night Sept. 18, 1956." Actually, this was the second Jake Pitler night held by the Dodgers, with the first occurring in 1954. In each instance Pitler insisted that he would consent to the special night only if all of the money collected was donated to the children's wing of Beth-El Hospital in Brooklyn. Over $3,000 was raised the first time, which helped to establish the Jake Pitler Pediatric Playroom for underprivileged, disabled children. Both the second Jake Pitler Night and the Jake Pitler Pediatric Playroom were later immortalized in the 1956 poem Hometown Piece for Messrs. Alston And Reese by Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Marianne Moore: "Jake Pitler and his Playground 'get a Night'—Jake, that hearty man, made heartier by a harrier who can bat as well as field—Don Demeter." Pitler, who was a manager in the Brooklyn farm system for many years, joined the Dodgers as a first-base coach in 1947 but refused to leave Brooklyn when the team moved West in 1958, choosing instead to serve as a local-area scout. He passed away in 1968 and was later elected to the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame in 1989. Ideally, the pin is accompanied by two original 8 x 10-inch news photos (Vg-Ex) of Pitler on the field during the 1956 ceremony. Each photo bears a red Times proprietary stamp on the reverse dated "Sep 19 1956." The pin displays a few minor scratches and light crazing, and the ribbon is lightly toned. In Very Good condition overall. This is an extremely rare baseball celluloid and Brooklyn Dodgers commemorative piece which, paired with the accompanying two related original photos, make for an exceptional display. Total: 3 items (1 pin and 2 photos). Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600.
SOLD FOR $296.25
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