Kaminski Auctions will offer an important collection of items, including World Series memorabilia, once owned by legendary Major League Baseball player John “Stuffy” McInnis.
Included in the lot are many significant memorabilia items: a 14K gold E. Howard pocket watch with a 10K watch fob and a gold filled pen knife, all inscribed with World Series logo 1910-1911-1913 (McInnis was on the Philadelphia Athletics roster when they won their 1910 title); a sterling silver presentation trophy by Gloucester friends, October 1910, made by Newbury Crafters; a 10K gold ring inscribed with name, Baseball Centennial 1839-1939, diamond chip; four photographs from New York Giants vs. Chicago White Sox game in Liverpool, England, photos of King George V and Edward Prince of Wales, circa 1914; and a collection of vintage programs, photographs and newspaper clippings as well as a passport for McInnis issued in 1914.
The items will be featured in the company’s Summer’s End Estate Auction on Saturday September 15 at 11:00 AM.
A Massachusetts native, McInnis was born in and died in 1960. He played for several Major League Baseball teams during a professional career that spanned 19 seasons.
Making his MLB debut on April 12, 1909, McGinnis would have an impressive career that included four World Series titles with several teams. Overall, he held a .307 batting average, hit 20 home runs, and had 1,062 RBI in 2,128 games.
McInnis began his career as a short stop for the Philadelphia Athletics. In the 1911 season he was moved to first base, and thus became a member of Connie Mack’s famous “$100,000 Infield.” Playing alongside Eddie Collins at second base, Frank Baker at third base and Jack Barry at short stop, together the team won the World Series in 1911 and 1913.
McInnis was traded to the Boston Red Sox and played with them from 1918 to 1921. In 644 plate appearances with the Red Sox, he struck out only nine times.
In addition to being on the team when they won the infamous 1918 World Series, he also set an important record in his final season with the team: by 1921, he played 119 consecutive games at first base without an error. It was not until June 25, 2007 that Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis would break that 86 year old record.
After just three years in Boston, McInnis was traded to the Cleveland Indians for the 1922 season. He was then traded to the Boston Braves from 1923 until 1924, and later, he was sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1925 until 1926, where he won his fourth World Series title in 1925. Stuffy finished his career with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1927.
McInnis continued to add to his imoressive baseball resume by serving as the coach for the Harvard baseball team from 1949-1954.