1953 Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers Presentation Bowl from Teammates

Sold For: $1,763

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1296

Item Year: 1953

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Sterling silver bowl (41 ounces), presented to Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser by his Detroit Tigers teammates in 1953. This bowl, which originates from Newhouser's estate, was given to him by his teammates as a parting gift after the Tigers unceremoniously released him on July 27, 1953, after fifteen years of dedicated service. The engraving on the front of the bowl reads "A Token Of Appreciation For Your Many Fine Years In Baseball/Best Of Luck Always From Your Tiger Team-Mates of 1953." Decorating the outside of the bowl are the engraved facsimile signatures of thirty-one Tigers players, including Kaline (his first season with the Tigers), Ferrell, Lyons, Trout, Garver, Dropo, Pesky, Kuenn, Boone, Hutchinson (Mgr.), Lund, Delsing, Nieman, Batts, Priddy, Gray, and Hoeft. The manufacturer's engravings on the back of the base read "Fisher Sterling/Paul Revere/1768 Reproduction." Gifts such as this, which come directly from teammates, are seldom seen offered for public sale due to the significant sentimental value they hold for the respective recipients. Even after death, they are normally kept by family members as keepsakes for future generations. This is one of the rare exceptions and represents an outstanding commemorative piece given to one of the top pitchers of his era. Newhouser was one of the greatest pitchers in Detroit history and remains the only pitcher ever to win back-to-back MVP Awards (1944 and 1945). Newhouser won twenty or more games on four separate occasions, including a career-high 29 wins in 1944. After the Tigers released him in mid season of 1953 Newhouser found new life the following year with the Cleveland Indians. Used primarily in relief, he fashioned a record of 7-2 in helping to lead the Indians to the pennant. Newhouser retired in 1955 with 207 wins and a 3.06 lifetime ERA. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992. The bowl, which measures twelve inches in diameter at the top, displays a few minor scratches and is in overall Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,763

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