Most here was used after his Major League career was over; there is a pair of leggings that may have been used with the A's but most here was used during his coaching and managerial careers in the minor and local leagues. 1) Pillbox A's cap that is believed to be worn by him at the 1939 A's reunion celebration. It is a Spalding cap and there is a photo of Rube wearing this very same cap in the 1940s. 2) Another cap is A's style also and may have been worn for another reunion of sorts. 3-4) Two gloves, one from the 1920s-30s and the other from the 1940s-50s. 5) Pair of pants with button fly and white and blue piping may have belonged to Rube Jr. 6-8) Three pairs of leggings with two being blue with white and one maroon and white.
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.