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Don Heffner 1936 Personal Baseball Photo Autographed Scrapbook

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Winning Bid: $266.20

Winning Bid: $266.20

Auction ends: 2018-10-28 00:10
Timezone: America/Los_Angeles

Total price with Buyers Premium: $319.44

Bids count: 4

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Offered is a (94) lot of original sepia photo’s of the 1936 Baltimore Orioles minor league team along with game photo’s of the 1936 New York Yankees. All photos are neatly glued into the black vintage scrapbook. Various sizes throughout, 4×7, 5×7, 3×5 etc. Many vintage photos of the 1936 Orioles. (24) of the Orioles photo’s are autographed. Also in this collection are various original sepia photos of the New York Yankees from 1936. Some key photos are Lou Gehrig, President Roosevelt opening day, and NY Yankees game shots. Some photos have notations on them in black fountain ink on the front of photos. This Album was the personal photo collection of major league baseball player Don Heffner , who played with the Baltimore Orioles & the 1934-37 New York Yankees ball club.

Legacy. Passed down from generation to generation, families keep items in their collection for sentimental, historic or monetary value. This game worn artifact originates from the estate of baseball player and manager, Don Heffner. Surprisingly, the curation of his estate has remained intact for almost a century and is ready to be part of a new legacy.

Don Heffner was a major league second baseman for 11 years with a .241 batting average (in 743 games). Highlighting the start of his career in the Majors, he was a member of the vaunted 1936 New York Yankees team. He batted in a lineup which featured the likes of rookie Joe DiMaggio and the “Iron Horse”, Lou Gehrig. The team was impressive winning their 8th pennant and beat the Giants in six games to win the ultimate trophy. Well deserved, Heffner added a World Series ring to his jewelry box. He spent four seasons with the team before going to the St. Louis Browns.

To start his professional career in 1929, Heffner spent four seasons with the then-minor league Baltimore Orioles.  With the International League team, he started impressively with what the media dubbed a “Heffner Hue” for his prowess on defense. The “Baltimore Boy” remained such an important keystone that the team had a celebratory day in his honor, recounted by a newspaper article preserved by his estate. As quoted:

“Heffner who is following in the footsteps of Babe Ruth, Fritz Maisel, Butch Schmidt, Buck Herzog, Allen Russell, Tommy Thomas, Max Bishop, Bill Stumpf and other Baltimoreans who have made baseball history, will be given a testimonial by his friends and admirers.

The Northwest Baltimore boy, who has yet to reach his twentieth birthday, has been one of the outstanding performers for the Birds this year. He has played second, third and short and in each position he has turned in a sparkling piece of work.  Heffner, although only a kid is considered one of the gamest players on the Orioles.” 

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