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1969 Honus Wagner "Greatest Shortstop Ever" Baseball Centennial Award
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $5,510.00
Extremely significant award presented posthumously by Major League Baseball to Honus Wagner in 1969 honoring him as the "Greatest Shortstop Ever." 1969 marked the 100th anniversary of professional baseball. One of the great highlights of that year-long celebration of baseball history was the Baseball Centennial Dinner held on July 21st of that year at the Sheraton-Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. At that dinner, which was attended by literally hundreds of baseball dignitaries and Hall of Famers, Major League Baseball officially recognized and honored the greatest players of all time at each position. Two separate categories existed for each position: the Greatest Living Player and the Greatest Player Ever. Offered is the award presented, posthumously, to Honus Wagner for his selection as Baseball's Greatest Shortstop Ever. The ten-inch-high award is designed with a black base atop which sits a gold colored baseball set within a gold colored ring. Affixed to the base is a plaque bearing Major League Baseball's Official 100th Anniversary logo and the inscription "Baseball's Greatest Players Ever/Shortstop/Honus Wagner." This award was presented to Wagner's family at the ceremonies and remained in their possession until 2003, at which time it was sold with a number of other personal possessions. It is accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity, attesting to its provenance, by Leslie Blair (Wagner's granddaughter), as well as both the official program and seating chart from the 1969 Baseball Centennial Dinner. The award displays light general wear and is in Excellent condition. It should be noted that the Greatest Player Ever and Greatest Living Player designations made at the 1969 Centennial Dinner were the most significant and major awards at the time, with the recipients of the Greatest Player Ever and Greatest Living Player awards forever after referred to as such by both the press and fans alike. It is a true testament to Wagner's legend that nearly fifty years after his retirement, in the opinions of both his peers and the press he was still without equal at his position. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $5,510.00
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