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Tris Speaker Signed Photo NYC Toots Shor Menu Indians – COA JSAGo Back
Winning Bid: $165.00
Winning Bid: $165.00
Auction ends: December 15, 2018 10:30 PM
Total price with Buyers Premium: $198.00
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Legacy. Passed down from generation to generation, families keep items in their collection for sentimental, historic or monetary value. This 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.”
Presented is Heffner’s Toots Shor menu autographed on the back by Baseball, Hall of Famer Tris Speaker. Toots Shor was the proprietor of a restaurant by his own name in Manhattan the 1940s and 50s. All the biggest celebrities of the era came in. Presented is a menu dated October featuring standard fare. The back cover is the highlight showcasing talented ballplayers and many of them who frequented da’ joint.
The back photo features Jimmy Foxx, Mel Ott, Mickey Cochrane, Ed Walsh, Toots Shor, Rogers Hornsby, Pie Traynor, Tris Speaker, Fred Clarke, Arlie Latham, Cy Young, George Sisler, Charley Nichols, Ty Cobb and Charley Gehringer. There alongside Tris Speaker’s portrait is his signature in blue pen (“9-10”) as he signed it for a fellow ballplayer in Heffner.
Interestingly, this menu was likely one of the last to survive from the 51 West 51st address as the place was sold in ’59 and moved to a different location at 33 West 52nd Street. The menu shows a central crease along with expected aging, storage, soiling (minor) wear due to vintage and nature of business it was part of. Overall, a nice vintage baseball collectible signed by one of the game’s greats.
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