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1916 "Royal Rooters" Bill Carrigan Ribbon Badge
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,440
Elegantly designed Boston Red Sox "Royal Rooters" ribbon badge dating from the club's 1916 World Championship Season. During the late 1890s, Boston’s most diehard baseball fans were organized into a cohesive group by saloon keeper Michael T. “Nuf Ced" McGreevy. Calling themselves the “Royal Rooters,” the group’s informal membership quickly grew into the hundreds. Each year the most fanatical Rooters often accompanied the Red Sox to spring training and important road games. During such sojourns, they would wear badges such as this to proclaim their loyalty to the Boston nine. The design of this badge features an ornately framed stickpin, reading "Boston" at the top, hanging from which is an actual red sock. Also hanging from the pin, in front of the sock, is a red-white-and-blue ribbon lettered "Red Sox Rooters 1916" (the year is all but faded on this example). Hanging at the end of the ribbon is a souvenir pinback button of Boston Red Sox player/manager Bill Carrigan. The celluloid button (2.25 inches in diameter) features a portrait image of Carrigan in uniform, with his name printed in white along the base of the red perimeter. The paper label on the reverse reads "A. R. Lopez & Bros./3 School St./Boston, Mass." This is the first complete example of this ribbon badge we have ever offered (we have offered just the pin once before) and can only recall having seen one or two others, making it an especially scarce memento from Boston's historic 1912 to 1918 World Championship dynasty. The pin portion of the piece displays a few tiny indentations, The sock has a number of small holes, while the ribbon is badly frayed (mainly the white stripe). The button displays light surface wear and a few small surface indentations. In Good condition overall. Approximately 3 x 9 inches.
Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $1,440
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