CATCHER'S MASK DESIGN
FIRST USED in
1877, the catcher's mask was developed by Harvard baseball captain Fred Thayer,
who modeled his device after those used in the sport of fencing. At the time,
catchers stood far behind home plate and caught pitched balls on a bounce, so
the mask was only used on a two-strike count, when the catcher moved up to nab
the ball before it hit the ground.
CUBS WORLD SERIES
IN 1907 and '08
the Cubs became the first team to win the World Series twice. One of the team's
leaders was slick fielding shortstop Joe Tinker, who received this watch fob in
recognition of the first crown. Three years later Tinker, second baseman Johnny
Evers and first baseman Frank Chance were immortalized in Franklin P. Adams's
poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon." In 1946 all three were inducted together
into the Hall of Fame.
ROOTERS BEANPOT RIBBON
WELL BEFORE the
Red Sox Nation,
Beantowners were fanatics for their National League team, nicknamed the
Beaneaters or Nationals (and eventually Braves). Before sports merchandising
saturation, members of Boston's Royal Rooters showed their colors by sporting
this silk flag with dangling beanpot as a symbol of their allegiance to Hugh
Duffy, Billy Hamilton, Kid Nichols and the rest of the '97 club that won its
fourth league title in seven seasons.