1912 Boston Red Sox Pennant

Sold For: $7,200

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1580

Item Year: 1912

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rare Boston Red Sox pennant issued during the club's memorable 1912 World Championship season. The small red-and-white felt pennant, which features a raised-relief design created by the application of red-felt letters to the central white strip, reads "Red Sox - 1912." A "red sock" on either end of the pennant completes the attractive motif. 1912 marked the first of four World Championships won by the Red Sox during the decade, with the other victories coming in 1915, 1916, and 1918. The 1912 club was led by the incomparable "Smokey Joe" Wood, who won a league-leading thirty-four games, and the outfield triumvirate of Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, and Duffy Lewis. In what was one of the most exciting World Series ever played, Boston defeated the New York Giants in eight games (one game ended in a tie) to capture their first World Championship since 1903. This is one of only a small number of 1912 Boston Red Sox pennants of this style we have ever seen and only the fourth we have ever offered. This pennant also has the added appeal of being new to the hobby. This example, along with the circa 1916 Boston Red Sox pennant and the 1909 Detroit Tigers pennant in this auction, all originate from the family of a gentleman who lived in Boston in the early 1900s. (He obviously collected pennants, because the family had a large number of less valuable nonsports pennants as well. These three were the only baseball pennants in the collection.) The pennant (17.5 inches in length) is complete with both sets of tassels and retains all of its vibrant color. A few tack holes are evident at the tip and each corner, as is general light soiling. A tiny chip affects the top border. In Excellent condition overall. This is an exceptional and rarely seen relic, ideal for display as intended, commemorating the start of Boston's 1912-1918 dynasty. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000.

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