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Selling a 1913 World Series Game 1 Baseball A’s Giants Home Run Baker Umpire Bill Klem Doc Lavan + rare 1914 poster of Home Run Baker + a vintage photo that ties George Waltz to Doc Lavan.
George Waltz was a baseball enthusiast, a well to do Grand Rapids, Michigan resident and lifelong friend of John Doc Lavan. This baseball as well as a huge lot of of vintage Baseball Magazine premium M113 posters from 1910 through 1916 have been passed down through the George Waltz family and are now offered up for sale.
George Waltz and Doc Lavan were childhood and lifelong friends that shared a love of baseball.
The baseball included in this lot was ruled out of game 1 of the 1913 World Series following Home Run Baker’s fifth inning blast to right field. The ball was presented to George Waltz from John Doc Lavan who was a shortstop on that 1913 A’s World Series team.
There is no visible original marking indicating this was a 1913 World Series Baseball. The baseball has the following inscription: “This ball ruled out by umpire Klem after a Home Run by Baker World Series 1st Game 1913 Presented to George Waltz from John Lavan SS Athletics 1913”
This baseball has no letter of authenticity but comes with a great deal of provenance and credibility as evidenced by the photos, relationships and M113 posters of the same time period.
The winning buyer will receive the historic photo of the Transfers Baseball team featuring George Waltz and John Lavan, the 1914 Baseball Magazine M113 premium poster of Home Run Baker and the baseball described above and included in photos.
A very rare find that makes its way from a safe deposit box to sale.
Great Item for Baseballcollectors and vintage memorabilia collectors.
William Joseph Klem, bornWilliam Joseph Klimm(February 22, 1874 – September 16, 1951), known as the "Old Arbitrator" and the "father ofbaseballumpires", was aNational League(NL) umpire inMajor League Baseballfrom 1905 to 1941.He worked 18 World Series, which is a major league record. Klem was posthumously inducted into theBaseball Hall of Famein 1953.
Bill KlemBill Klem, the father of baseball umpires, in 1914UmpireBorn:February 22, 1874
Rochester, New YorkDied:September 16, 1951(aged77)
Miami, FloridaMember of the NationalBaseball Hall of MethodVeterans CommitteEarly lifeEdit
Klem was born on February 22, 1874 in the "Dutchtown" area ofRochester, New York. He had changed the spelling of his last name from "Klimm" to "Klem" because he thought it had a better sound. Klem pursued a baseball career as a catcher until he sustained an arm injury. He then worked as a bartender and traveled through the Northeast building bridges. He decided to pursue umpiring after reading a newspaper article about major league umpireSilk O'Loughlin.
His umpiring career began in theConnecticut Leaguein 1902. That year, Klem had a run-in with league secretary and team managerJim O'Rourkeafter Klem ejected one of the manager's players. O'Rourke threatened that Klem would not umpire another game in the league, but Klem responded, "Maybe so, but I'll umpire this one."
He worked in theNew York State Leaguethe following year. Klem spent the 1904 season in theAmerican Associationbefore joining the NL in 1905.
He worked a record 18World No other umpire has worked in more than ten Series. Of the 16 major league teams in existence during his career, all but one—theSt. Louis Browns, who would not win a pennant until 1944—appeared in a World Series that he officiated; the only other teams which did not win a championship with Klem on the field were theBrooklyn Dodgers,Philadelphia Phillies(neither of which won a title during Klem's lifetime) and theDetroit Tigers. He was also one of the umpires for the firstAll-Star Gamein1933, and worked behind the plate for the second half of the game; he later umpired in the1938 All-Star Gameas well.
Klem holds theMLBrecord for most career ejections by an umpire with 251.
He called balls and strikes in five no-hitters, an NL record later tied byHarry Wendelstedt. He was also the home plate umpire on September 16, 1924, whenJim Bottomleyof theSt. Louis Cardinalshad a record 12runs batted in. Klem had a number of nicknames amongst the players: his favorite was "The Old Arbitrator", but his jowly appearance also led to some players calling him "Catfish". Klem despised the latter name, and was notorious for ejecting players whom he caught using it.One particular incident involved a player whom Klem ejected after he caught the player drawing a picture of a catfish with his foot in the infield dirt.
Klem also dismissed catcherAl Lópezfrom a game after López pasted a newspaper clipping onto home plate which showed Klem clearly in error calling a play involving López. The catcher had covered the photo with dirt and waited for Klem to brush off home plate.
As Klem got older, he began to experience a skin condition that he said related to his nerves. He once commented on the toll that umpiring took on him, saying, "Most baseball fans... feel that these verbal and physical public humiliations [umpires endure] go in one ear and out the other. Well, they don't. They go in one ear and go straight to the nervous system, eating away coordination, self-confidence and self-respect."Late in his life, Klem stated in interviews that he had originated the use of hand signals for umpiring calls. It was difficult to challenge Klem at the time because so many years had passed. Recent research does not yield a clear answer to the origin of hand signals, with credit often going to umpireCy Rigler.
By 1940, Klem had retired and had been replaced by future Hall of Fame umpireAl Barlick.At that time, Klem was appointed the NL's chief of umpires. The league began experimenting with four-man umpire crews in 1941 and Klem appeared in a few games that season so that those games would have four umpires.
He had the longest career of any major league umpire (37 years) beforeBruce Froemmingtied that mark in 2007, and was also the oldest umpire in history at age 67 until Froemming surpassed that mark as well. Klem was widely respected for bringing dignity and professionalism to umpiring, as well as for his high skill and good judgment. Klem was also an innovative umpire; he was the first major league umpire to use arm signals while working behind home plate,and was one of the first to wear a modern, somewhat pliable chest protector inside his shirt, a move which he successfully campaigned to have adopted throughout the NL, althoughJocko ConlanandBeans Reardonused the outside protector. He was the first to straddle foul lines and stand to the catcher's side for better perspective. Finally, he was the last umpire to work the plate exclusively (traditionally the crew chief always worked the plate; today umpire crews rotate base/plate assignments).
Klem's wife was named Marie. She often traveled with him to games that he worked. They had no children.
Death and legacyEdit
Klem died on September 16, 1951, at age 77, atDoctors HospitalinCoral Gables, Florida.He died of aheart attackafter suffering from heart problems for two to three years. He had been hospitalized for over a month when he died. About a week before his death, Klem seemed to know that his death was coming, commenting to his attorney, "This is my last game and I'm going to strike out this time."His wife was his only survivor.
Klem andTom Connollywere the first two umpires inducted into theBaseball Hall of Famein 1953.They are also the only umpires to have worked in five different decades. In 1962, the Houston chapter of theBaseball Writers' Association of Americaestablished the Bill Klem Award to honor outstanding NL umpires.