Circa 1929 Roger Bresnahan Coaching Glove with Direct Family Provenance

Sold For: $1,320

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2063

Item Year: 1925

Category: Game-Used Jerseys & Equipment

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Right-handed fielder's glove used by Hall of Fame catcher Roger Bresnahan during his years as a coach in the late 1920s/early 1930s. The attribution of this glove to Bresnahan is based solely upon its unique provenance: this glove originates directly from the Bresnahan family and is accompanied by a letter of provenance signed by Roger Bresnahan, who is the grand nephew of Bresnahan. It is also accompanied by an LOA from glove expert Joe Phillips. In his one-page letter, Phillips notes that this is a Draper & Maynard professional-model glove, model G75, that dates to the two-year period 1928-1929. The glove is also an unusual model in that it is a three-finger glove, with the pinky and ring finger combined into one large pocket. Bresnahan was a coach with the New York Giants from 1925 to 1928. He later coached with the Detroit Tigers from 1930 to 1931. Given the dating of the glove, and the terms of his two coaching stints, this glove may have been used by Bresnahan both with New York and Detroit. Even though Bresnahan was primarily a catcher during his career, he started as a pitcher and was the Giants regular center fielder in 1903 He also played third base on occasion, and is one of the few Hall of Fame players to have played all nine positions during his major league career, so a fielder's glove would have certainly been his glove of choice during his coaching tenure. The offered glove displays evidence heavy use, with the webbing area reinforced with tape. Gloves used by prewar Hall of Fame players are exceedingly rare and this is one of only a few such examples we have handled. It should also be noted that this is one of many Bresnahan items sold by the family recently and is therefore fairly new to the hobby. Letter of provenance from Bresnahan's grand nephew and LOA from Joe Phillips. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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