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1941 Rittgers Baseball Statue Lot of (3)

Item Number 45256

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So far as we can know, arguing is only part of the job description for lawyers and baseball players. Unless Perry Mason is in the house, we'll take baseball every time and you can too with this 1941 L.L. Rittgers baseball statue lot of (3). One of the more popular sports figural types and certainly the most amusing, Rittgers chalkware creations are important additions for those building vintage figural collections and this "arguing" trio are classics.

 

Reminiscent of Bugs Bunny's cartoon baseball opponents the "Gashouse Gorillas", are (2) 7-1/2" player statues rendered in combative poses. One of these player's wears a gray uniform with the letter "N" on the jersey and the other has a white uniform with the letter "A". Presumably these jersey letters are intended to represent the National and American Leagues, which would make these quarrelsome fellows All-Stars. The third piece is a 6-1/2" umpire statue, whose expression suggests the pop-eyed players would have better luck arguing with the outfield fence.

 

All (3) pieces are impressed on their feet with a 1941 Rittgers copyright for positive identification. The players both have hairline cracks on the legs, light sporadic soiling and occasional chips of surface loss, though at arm's length they present nicely. The umpire piece has withstood the test of time better than his companions, with just a few small chips detected, including the tip of his right shoe and his folded hands at rear. All in all these figures have made it through nearly eighty years of attrition to take the field as respectable examples.



 
 
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