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May 4, 1933 "Honus Wagner Day" Pin Back & Medallion Issued in Brooklyn

Lot Number 318

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The deserving recipient of high praise throughout a remarkable playing career in which he logged a .328 lifetime batting mark, Hall of Famer Honus Wagner prompted compliments from none other than Ty Cobb, who said: “That god damned Dutchman is the only man in the game I can’t scare.” Fifteen years after his retirement, Wagner returned in 1933 in a coaching capacity. Out of utmost respect, former foes paid homage to the Pirate great. One such rival city was Brooklyn, where this regal pinback hanger and medallion was showcased on May 4th, 1933 “Honus Wagner Day” at Ebbets Field, Borough Hall and Coney Island. A bronze-colored five-point star features a sepia-toned Wagner photo and is attached to a blue ribbon hanger with gilded event details. A rare and well-preserved survivor! More on our website.

The story goes that this pin came from a family friend of Mrs. Wagner, who distributed some pieces after Honus passed away. Apparently there were only 11 members of the committee in Brooklyn that day and this is one of the pin backs from that day - is it possible that this is the one that Wagner wore? Yes, but we cannot guarantee it. The photo that is shown (for photo matching purposes only and does not come with the lot), shows three of the 11 purported pins.

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Photo not included with pin back. Shown for photo-matching purposes only.
Photo not included with pin back. Shown for photo-matching purposes only.