The Jack Graney Collection (26)

Sold For: $1,410

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1236

Item Year: 1913

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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This diverse collection of baseball memorabilia belonged to former Major League outfielder Jack Graney, who played his entire career with the Cleveland Indians (1908-1922). Although Graney is not a household name today, he was certainly a man of firsts: he was the first player to appear in a Major League game with a number on his uniform (the Indians experimented with jersey numbers for one game in 1916), he was the first batter to face Babe Ruth in 1914, and he was the first Major League player to later become a broadcaster (he was a longtime broadcaster for the Cleveland Indians). A native of Canada, Graney is also a member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. All of the material offered here was obtained directly from one of Graney's family members. 1-5) Five vintage photos (circa 1914), each picturing Cleveland's mascot: a dog. Two of the photos picture Graney posing with the dog. Two photos are individually framed, while the other three are matted and framed together. All measure approximately 8 x 10 inches and are in Excellent condition with the exception of one (Gd-Vg). 6) Trophy present to Graney from Al Sutphin, who was the owner the Cleveland Barons, a minor-league hockey team in Cleveland. The unusual trophy, which is inscribed "To Jack Graney - Undisputed Champion for 40 years - from Al Sutphin," was obviously a gag gift as it features a metal statue of a man tossing a bull. Circa 1950s. 16.5 inches high. Ex. 7) Two 1920 World Series commemorative scrapbooks (8 x 10 inches), issued in 1953 by the Tru-Fit Screw Producers Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio. As noted on the first page, one of the books was presented to Graney by Bill Wamby (Wambsganss). Nr-Mt. 8-9) 1954 Cleveland Indians All-Star Game press pin (Mt) and decorative baseball tie clasp featuring a crossed bats and glove motif (Ex-Mt). 10) 1948 Cleveland Indians World Series Champions commemorative glass (5.25 inches high). Mt. 11) Set of seven metal tumblers (4 inches high), one of which is engraved "Cy Young - Dec 25, 1950." Based upon the date, these tumblers may have been a Christmas gift from Cy Young to Graney. Nr-Mt. 12) Commemorative book (7 x 9.5 inches) presented to Graney by the Northern Ohio Old-Time Baseball Players' Association. The book is signed by various members, the most notable of whom is Hall of Fame umpire Bill Klem (grading "10"). Nr-Mt. 13) Jack Graney's leather wallet. His name is stamped on the interior. Appears to have never been used. Mt. 14-20) Seven vintage 78 rpm records. Two of the records bear notations identifying them as recordings from presentation ceremonies to Graney (dated 6/10/47 and 6/10/53, respectively). The other records have blank labels, but presumably are similar recordings. Ex. 21) Vintage photo (9.5 x 7.5 inches) of an unidentified minor-league team that includes Jack Graney. The year "1907" is written on the front of the black mount. The photo is Ex-Mt, the mount is Gd. 22-23) Two original cartoon artworks (circa 1953), each commemorating Graney's long years of service as a broadcaster. Ex-Mt. 24-26) Three metal cigarette lighters, each bearing either Graney's name or initials. Ex. Total: 26 items. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,410

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