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1920 Cleveland Indians Pennant

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,644

Rare felt pennant issued in commemoration of the Cleveland Indians' 1920 pennant-winning season. This is one of the best of all early pennants and one of the few from the era to have the date incorporated into the design. The colorful design features an illustration of an Indian chief in full headdress on the left and the words "Cleveland 1920 Champions American League" displayed in white letters to the right. Since Cleveland defeated the Brooklyn Robins five games to two in the 1920 World Series, thus capturing its first World Championship in franchise history, this pennant was obviously produced just before the fall classic. Cleveland lost two out of the first three game in Brooklyn, but then returned home to win four straight to take the Series. The highlight of the Series was Game 5, which produced two historic World Series firsts: in the first inning Cleveland's Elmer Smith hit the first grand slam and in the fifth inning Indians second baseman Bill Wambsganss did him one better by recording the first and only unassisted triple play. The pennant (twenty inches in length) displays some fading to both the orange felt and painted colors, and both of the blue tassels have been cut; both the painted illustration and letters show normal light crazing; still the pennant is in Very Good condition overall and ideal for display. This is a very rare pennant, one of only a few examples known and the first we can recall seeing since the 1999 Halper auction. In addition to being one of the great prizes in all of pennant collecting, it is also one of the best display items of any type relating to Cleveland's historic 1920 World Championship season. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++ . SOLD FOR $2,644

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