Lot # 101: 1907 Detroit Tigers Team Silk Including Ty Cobb

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Presented is a souvenir silk issued to commemorate the 1907 Detroit Tigers, champions of the American League. The small, rectangular, silk features portrait photos of seventeen team members, including manager Hughie Jennings, Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford, "Wild Bill" Donovan, George Mullin, Ed Killian, Germany Schaefer, Davey Jones, and Boss Schmidt. The caption "Jennings and His Champions 1907" appears in the center of the design, as do two "tiger" caricatures and a bat-and-ball motif. 1907 was Ty Cobb's second full season in the Major Leagues. Although only twenty-one years old, Cobb flashed the brilliance that would distinguish him as one of the game's greatest players. The fabled "Georgia Peach" captured his first of nine consecutive batting titles (.350) and also led the league in RBI (119), hits (212), stolen bases (49), and slugging percentage (.473). Those lofty numbers helped lead the Tigers to their first of three consecutive pennants. Unfortunately, the Tigers were swept by the Cubs in the World Series (one game ended in a tie). Silks such as this were traditionally used as bookmarks or to be pinned to coats and worn, and in their heyday (1840s to 1920s) were more commonly seen with designs showing support for a political candidate. Baseball silks are very rare and unusual. The offered example displays just a hint of minor fraying along the top and bottom border (common to nearly all such silks) and is in Excellent to Mint condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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