Month: May 2016

Al Kaline’s Last Bat

Dennis Clotworthy’s outstanding book Al Kaline’s Last Bat Boy is a wonderful memoir of his growing up around the Detroit Tigers, filled with warmth and humor, and fascinating anecdotes about his time as the team’s batboy in the early 1970s.  During the 1974 season, Clotworthy witnessed the end of an era, with the release of fan favorite …

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Gooooooose!

Expectations were high for the New York Yankees entering the 1979 season.  Coming off two consecutive World Series victories and one of the greatest comebacks the game had ever seen, the Yankees had an All-Star lineup, had added All-Stars Tommy John and Luis Tiant to their pitching staff, and had a strong bullpen anchored by …

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The Dennis Clotworthy Collection of Detroit Tigers Memorabilia

Since our last catalog auction, we’ve made a number of references to the Dennis Clotworthy Collection.  With our spring auction right around the corner, it makes sense to provide a more formal introduction to the collection. Born in Malta, Dennis Clotworthy came to the United States with his family in 1963.  Settling in Detroit, he …

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Tris Speaker Game-Used Bat: Attributed To Game 7 of the 1920 World Series!

It took twenty seasons of American League baseball for the Cleveland Indians to capture their first pennant; a 98-56 record was sufficient to lead the second-place White Sox by two games and propel the club to its first World Series, against Wilbert Robinson’s Brooklyn Robins.  The club’s regular season success was marred by the death …

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