Long before dominant rosters marked by four 20-game winners (in one season, no less), air-tight defense and Earl Weaver’s “3-run homer” remedy, Baltimore embraced its original Orioles, a rowdy 1890s assortment that won three straight National League pennants. Not long for the Major Leagues despite its successes, that innovative band was fondly recalled on this vintage celluloid pin. Issued locally in 1906 by the Hyatt M’F’G Co., this 1-3/4”-diameter souvenir portrays the 1896 club with printed proclamations of “Our Old Champions” and “Champions of ’96 Baltimore Base Ball Club” flanking the sepia-toned team likeness. With stunning presentation quality and a clean paper back, the piece is accented by an orange ribbon hanger and a 7/8”-diameter Calvert and Crossland coat of arms pin. More on our website.
Pictured in the team photo are (from left to right): Top Row: Joe Quinn, Sadie McMahon, Duke Esper, George Hemming, Frank Bowerman, Boileryard Clarke and Jim Donnelly; Middle Row: Steve Brodie, Bill Hoffer, Joe Kelley, Ned Hanlon (manager), Wilbert Robinson, Hughie Jennings and Heinie Reitz; Front Row: Jack Doyle, John McGraw, Willie Keeler and Arlie Pond.
The ribbon retains its eagle and wreath designs and, while slightly frayed along the lower border, completes an heirloom whose preservation exceeds the vast majority in a scarce population of survivors.