Lot 1213: HUGE 1882 Baseball Trophy Presented to Tony Mullane for the First No-Hitter
Auction Date:12/19/2004 9:00 PM EST
Massive quadruple plate silver trophy stands approximately two feet tall. Presented to pitcher Tony Mullane, one of the great early pitchers -- and characters -- in the game. This stunning, superbly detailed piece is one of the finest 19th century baseball trophies we have ever seen. A monstrous baseball (a full 10” in diameter) is elegantly engraved with the image of a period stadium that bears stark resemblance to Boston’s South End Grounds. This delectable baseball stands on three crossed and opens to reveal a receptacle to hold celebratory bubbly. The piece has been brilliantly resilvered by a top craftsman (no expense was spared). Appearance is NRMT. A truly remarakble historical find, this was presented to Mullane for pitching the first no-hitter in major league history. “The Count” hurled this inaugural no-no for the American Association’s Louisville Eclipse on September 11, 1882 against the Cincinnati Red Stockings. The meticulously primped handlebar mustachioed “Apollo of the Box”, was so popular with the female fans that the first “Ladies Day” was instituted for him. Not just for show, Mullane won 30 games in five consecutive seasons.
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