Before "moneyball" evolved, the Athletics baseball franchise rollercoastered between dominant dynasties and dismal cellar dwellers. Charter members of the American League, the A's had a stranglehold on the fledgling league from 1901-1914, wining 6 AL pennants and 3 World Series championships in 5 appearances on baseball's main stage. A decade of total failure followed including 7 consecutive last place finishes, before Mack's mighty elephants returned to prominence from 1925-1933. The team was then struck by a thirty-five yearlong plague of ineptitude, that saw the A's locked down in the basement through moves from Philadelphia to Kansas City and then Oakland. The gears finally kicked into place again from 1969-1976 and the last great success of the 20th Century came when the "Bash Brothers" juiced their way to the top from 1988-1992. Recall the Philadelphia Athletics first great dynasties with this professionally framed display lot of (2).
1911 Cook Pottery Co. "World's Champions 1911" commemorative plate. This 10" diameter plate is decorated with the faces of owner-manager Connie Mack and his players, cleverly contained within an image of the team's elephant mascot. Each of the subjects is named below his corresponding image. Framed to 15x15 in a 2" deep shadowbox, this antique keepsake shows overall moderate crazing, which is age appropriate and serves to provide authentic period appeal. Also noted are a few small bits of paint loss, mainly affecting the images of Mack and player Hartsel. Prominent players depicted are Plank, Bender, Collins, Baker, Coombs and Barry.
1931 Arthur Sichel "Athletics 1930 World's Champions" stats wheel. Measuring 6-3/4" in diameter, this ancient cardboard creation celebrates the remarkable team that displaced the "Murderer's Row" New York Yankees from first place. This monumental feat was achieved by legends Foxx, Simmons, Cochrane, Grove, Walberg, Earnshaw, Rommel, Collins and of course Mack, who are all pictured on this scarce piece. Mack and team captain Collins are located at center, along with co-owner Tom Shibe and commissioner Landis. The players are positioned on the perimeter and when the smaller center wheel is dialed to a photo, the subject's stats are shown in a variety of small window openings, with totals for batting average, home runs and more. Tastefully mounted to 14-1/4 x 14-1/4", this seldom seen souvenir presents in excellent condition, with sharp graphics against a clean background.
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