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Dick Hoblitzell 1915 World Series Game-Used Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,233
Collection of three Dick Hoblitzell game-used items and an original photograph, each of which originates directly from Dick Hoblitzell's estate and is accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from his daughter. Dick Hoblitzell began his Major League career with the Cincinnati Reds before joining the Boston Red Sox in mid season of 1914, where he helped lead the club to three World Championships over the next four seasons as the team's starting first baseman. In addition to his steady all-around play, Hoblitzell was also Babe Ruth's roommate on the road, and the two remained close friends long after their playing careers. 1) Official National League baseball (red and black stitching; league president's facsimile signature no longer legible) saved by Dick Hoblitzell and identified by him as a game-used baseball from Game 4 of the 1915 World Series. Hoblitzell scored Boston's go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning in Game 4 of the 1915 World Series against Philadelphia. That run was Boston's second of the game, and they went on to defeat the Phillies by a score of 2-1 in Boston. The ball has been signed by Hoblitzell in black fountain pen (printed, grading "6") on a side panel. Hoblitzell later mounted the ball on a silver base for use as a paper weight. According to Dick Hoblitzell and family lore, this ball is definitely a game-used ball from Game 4 of the 1915 World Series and we have every reason to believe this is the case. With all such early game-used baseballs, we acknowledge that there is a leap of faith involved; in this case we believe the leap of faith to be very small. The ball, which is darkly toned, displays heavy wear, including numerous abrasions and tears in the leather covering. In Good condition. 2) Original Underwood & Underwood news photo (9.25 x 7 inches) of Hoblitzell sliding into home in the fourth inning of Game 4 of the 1915 World Series. Vg, with a number of moderate creases throughout. 3) Pair of black baseball cleats, circa 1915, found by the family in Hoblitzell's old baseball travel trunk. The cleats (no manufacturer's label visible) display heavy wear, consistent with game use. According to family lore, these are the cleats Hoblitzell wore in the 1915 World Series (and if this is the case, which of course is very likely, these are the very cleats worn by Hoblitzell in the 1915 World Series sliding photograph that accompanies this lot!). 4) Vintage Lowe & Campbell garter. Ex. Both the ball and cleats are each accompanied by an individual letter of provenance signed by Hoblitzell's daughter. Total: 4 items (ball, photo, cleats, garter). Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,233
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