1911 Philadelphia Athletics World Champion Souvenir White Elephant

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1556

Item Year: 1911

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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This small, cast-iron White Elephant, which commemorates the Philadelphia Athletics' 1911 World Championship, was issued as a souvenir by the Baseball Writers Association of America at its annual dinner in New York City on December 12, 1911. The elephant sits upon a raised mount, with each side of the mount bearing one of the following four engraved inscriptions: "Baseball Writers Association of America," "Athletics Champions of the World," "American Base Ball Club of Philadelphia," "Dinner Hotel Astor New York December 11 1911." This is one of only a few examples we have ever seen of this rare souvenier and the first we have ever offered. Athletics owner and manager Connie Mack adopted the White Elephant as his club's mascot shortly after the franchise was formed. The idea came to Mack after Giants manager John McGraw publicly stated that he and John Shibe (Mack's ownership partner) had a white elephant on their hands by forming an American League franchise in Philadelphia. Mack had the last laugh though, as his A's defeated the Giants in the World Series in both 1911 and 1913. The piece (3.5 x 2.5 x 4 inches) displays a number of small chips to the white paint and is in Very Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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