All were Rube's, most from after he retired from baseball. Our favorite in the lot are two 1940's A's banquet menus with Rube's name tag and souvenir bat pencil along with a Connie Mack Day program. Programs: 1) Shibe Park 1941 (2nd Edition). 2-4) A's 1939 (3rd Edition) (3). 5-7) Phillies 1964 (3). 8) A's 1941 (3rd Edition). 9) A's 1940 (2nd Edition). 10-11) A's 1940 (3rd Edition) (2). 10-11) A's 1942 (1st Edition) (2). 12) A's 1939 (1st Edition). 13) A's 1939 (1st Edition). 14) A's 1942 (2nd Edition). One program is signed but the signatures are not those of the players, they are clubhouse versions. Also included is a box of news clippings and some pages from an 1880 Philadelphia paper featuring baseball teams - the clippings and pages are not included in the total count of items here. Also, Hartland Statues of Ruth and Mantle. Overall condition of the collection is VG.
In Philadelphia, during the dead-ball era, Rube Oldring was a name known by all. He was a star player for the 1911 and 1913 World Champion Philadelphia Athletics. Both of those Championships are represented here in fine splendor. Even though he was never considered for the Baseball Hall of Fame, Oldring was a reliable and gritty player for Connie Mack’s A’s dynasty. After spending 14 years in the major leagues, Rube went on playing for and managing the Wilson team of the Virginia League to a Championship Pennant. Let us not forget that this is a time period when baseball players had to work during the winter months to provide for their families. Rube was no different as he worked long hours to provide and played as hard as humanly possible because he loved the game of baseball. After retirement from the game, he began farming for a living and spent his entire life in his native, Bridgeton, New Jersey. The relics and treasures presented here have remained in the Olding family until this day. This is the first family-authorized sale of any of the Oldring family’s belongings. Each lot will come with a letter from the family.