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1913 Bob Shawkey Philadelphia Athletics World Championship Pocket Watch
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $18,960
Extremely rare and significant 14K gold pocket watch issued to pitcher Bob Shawkey by the Philadelphia Athletics in commemoration of the club's 1913 World Championship. The front of the watch features a representation of a baseball diamond surrounded by the words "World's Champions 1913," which in turn is bordered by a floral design. The interior displays the engraved name "Robert Shawkey." Also lettered on the interior is the name of the manufacturer "E. Howard Watch Co. - Boston," as well as "14K," and the number "130417." (The E. Howard Watch Company was one of the premier manufacturers of high-quality timepieces during the early 1900s.) Any World Championship presentation pieces from this era are rare. The practice of issuing World Series presentation pieces to players and personnel was the exception rather than the rule prior to the 1920s, with most pieces taking the form of watches, pins, or fobs. (World Series rings did not become the norm until the mid 1920s.) This watch was the equivalent of a World Series ring today. This is one of only five 1913 Philadelphia Athletics World Championship watches, presented to a player, that we have ever seen at auction. As a point of reference, REA offered a 1913 Philadelphia A's World Championship pocket watch presented to sportswriter Joseph McCready (the design of this watch was completely different than that of the ones the players received) in our 2013 auction (Lot 1230), which sold for $26,662. 1913 represented Bob Shawkey's rookie season. Limited to just fifteen starts, he finished the season with an 8-5 record and a 2.35 ERA. Shawkey, of course, enjoyed his best years as a member of the New York Yankees, with his final year spent as a member of the legendary 1927 club. Shawkey, who won the first game at Yankee Stadium in 1923, finished his career with 195 wins, including four seasons of twenty or more wins. He also succeeded Miller Huggins as manager of the Bronx Bombers in 1930. The watch does not run currently, but can probably be repaired by a qualified jeweler, and has had the original front casing replaced; otherwise it displays only modest handling wear and remains in outstanding Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $18,960
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