Huggins and Scott Auctions will offer a unique piece of baseball and American Presidential history later this month when it opens bidding on a 90-year-old baseball bat signed by 23 members of the 1924 World Champion Washington Senators and President Calvin Coolidge.
The bat, in exceptional condition for its age, is a full-size Spalding model weighing 37.8 oz. and measuring 32 ¾” in size. It bears the fountain pen signatures of the last team to bring a World Series winner to Washington. Bidding will open July 28 and close August 7 at HugginsandScott.com.
The bat is believed to have been signed by team members and the President either upon one of his visits to Griffith Stadium to see the Senators play or, more likely, on during one of their visits to the White House during what was a remarkable run to glory. Coolidge’s signature sits below the barrel of the bat, which contains the Spalding Bros. trademark.
A perennial second fiddle to the powerful Yankees, the Senators apparently had enough late in the ’24 season. They won 16 of their last 21 games, catching the Bronx Bombers on September 19 and winning the pennant by two games, denying New York a fourth straight American League championship.
The Senators, led by their future Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson, had already been to the White House on September 1, but returned a month later after capturing the flag and taking part in a victory parade. A photo exists of the team posing in front of the White House. Another parade followed the thrilling victory over John McGraw’s New York Giants in Game 7, won by Washington in extra innings.
Thousands of fans greeted the team’s arrival upon return from late season road trips, the team enjoyed record attendance and huge throngs turned out for victory parades.
President Coolidge got caught up in the excitement that surrounded the city but between the two, it was First Lady Grace Coolidge who was the biggest fan. Mrs. Coolidge was known to keep score at the games she and her quiet husband attended. They were regulars in the box seats during home games of the Series. The Senators’ surge helped the Coolidge’s find something to rally around following the blood poisoning death of their 16-year-old son Calvin Jr., on July 7, 1924.
In addition to President Coolidge and Walter Johnson, whose autograph sits on the barrel, the bat is signed by fellow Baseball Hall of Famers Bucky Harris, Goose Goslin and Sam Rice, Johnson’s ‘personal catcher’, Muddy Ruel, and others who were on the late season roster.
A game-worn 1966 Sonny Jurgenson Washington Redskins jersey is also part of the auction.
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