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ARCHIVE OF HANK GOWDY, 1914 WORLD SERIES MVP & WAR

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ARCHIVE OF HANK GOWDY, 1914 WORLD SERIES MVP & WAR
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ARCHIVE OF HANK GOWDY, 1914 WORLD SERIES MVP & WORLD WAR I HERO. This archive includes a 14k gold 1-3/4” Waltham presentation watch from the baseball fans of Boston and New England on his return home from WWI. Also included is an elaborate colored lithograph certificate dedicating “Gowdy Field” at Fort Benning, GA stating “Harry Gowdy was the first major league player to enter the service after declaration of war in 1917.” This document was presented to Gowdy at the polo grounds in New York City. There are contemporary photographs of the presentation included, along with a pair of game worn New York Giants pants with Gowdy’s name embroidered. Gowdy played his final two years with the New York Giants 1923-1925. There is an original baseball card of Gowdy when the Boston Braves from the American Caramel Company, a small 1911 Helmar Tobacco “stamp” featuring rookie Hank Gowdy, a 7” felt image of Gowdy with the Braves, a “Howdy Gowdy” pin given to fans upon the trade from the Boston Braves to the New York Giants. Hand Gowdy was the original “Mr. October” long before Reggie Jackson claimed that moniker. Gowdy hit safely 6 times and batted .545 in the 1914 World Series. Gowdy and the 1914 Braves have one of the most spectacular come backs being 20 games out of first place in July but overtook John McGraw’s Giants and won the World Series in ease, 4 games to none to the heavily favored Philadelphia Athletics. The Braves Manager George Stallings stated flatly that Gowdy was the most valuable player during the “miracle run”. Gowdy would continue catching for the Braves through 1917 and gained considerable fame and admiration for becoming the first major leaguer to enlist in WWI on June 1st 1917. Hank Gowdy’s war record was quite impressive. He served with distinction in the 166th infantry, part of the famed “rainbow division, the fighting 42nd”. Gowdy returned home a bona fide war hero as popular in Boston as the mayor himself. Hank continued to play ball with the Braves through 1923 when he was traded to the NY Giants, still led by John McGraw who remembered Gowdy’s clutch hitting as part of the 1914 “miracle team”. Gowdy went on to play in two World Series with the Giants and retired in 1925. Included in this archive are many original photographs and images including a 1914 group photo of the world champion Boston Braves, WWI photographs, with Gowdy, and newspaper clippings. CONDITION: Overall very good.
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ARCHIVE OF HANK GOWDY, 1914 WORLD SERIES MVP & WAR

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0579A: ARCHIVE OF HANK GOWDY, 1914 WORLD SERIES MVP & WAR
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ARCHIVE OF HANK GOWDY, 1914 WORLD SERIES MVP & WORLD WAR I HERO. This archive includes a 14k gold 1-3/4” Waltham presentation watch from the baseball fans of Boston and New England on his return home from WWI. Also included is an elaborate colored lithograph certificate dedicating “Gowdy Field” at Fort Benning, GA stating “Harry Gowdy was the first major league player to enter the service after declaration of war in 1917.” This document was presented to Gowdy at the polo grounds in New York City. There are contemporary photographs of the presentation included, along with a pair of game worn New York Giants pants with Gowdy’s name embroidered. Gowdy played his final two years with the New York Giants 1923-1925. There is an original baseball card of Gowdy when the Boston Braves from the American Caramel Company, a small 1911 Helmar Tobacco “stamp” featuring rookie Hank Gowdy, a 7” felt image of Gowdy with the Braves, a “Howdy Gowdy” pin given to fans upon the trade from the Boston Braves to the New York Giants. Hand Gowdy was the original “Mr. October” long before Reggie Jackson claimed that moniker. Gowdy hit safely 6 times and batted .545 in the 1914 World Series. Gowdy and the 1914 Braves have one of the most spectacular come backs being 20 games out of first place in July but overtook John McGraw’s Giants and won the World Series in ease, 4 games to none to the heavily favored Philadelphia Athletics. The Braves Manager George Stallings stated flatly that Gowdy was the most valuable player during the “miracle run”. Gowdy would continue catching for the Braves through 1917 and gained considerable fame and admiration for becoming the first major leaguer to enlist in WWI on June 1st 1917. Hank Gowdy’s war record was quite impressive. He served with distinction in the 166th infantry, part of the famed “rainbow division, the fighting 42nd”. Gowdy returned home a bona fide war hero as popular in Boston as the mayor himself. Hank continued to play ball with the Braves through 1923 when he was traded to the NY Giants, still led by John McGraw who remembered Gowdy’s clutch hitting as part of the 1914 “miracle team”. Gowdy went on to play in two World Series with the Giants and retired in 1925. Included in this archive are many original photographs and images including a 1914 group photo of the world champion Boston Braves, WWI photographs, with Gowdy, and newspaper clippings. CONDITION: Overall very good.
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