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Vintage Baseball Glove/Mitt: (circa 1940) Ken-Wel split finger #546 measures 9"x 9½" and is endorsed by "Lou" Finney, 1931 -'47 (facsimile signature on side of heel). Finney’s endorsement is listed as "Rare" in the Bushing/Phillips Glove Price Guide. Soft, well-padded leather; firm yet flexible. No holes, rips, or tears inside or out. Leather lining smooth and comfortable. Finger lacing is original; web lace may have been relaced, look newer, thicker. Rolled leather piping in good/very good condition; stitching and seams also. No previous owner’s markings anywhere. I did get quite a story from him, however. He saved and saved to purchase this glove, loved it dearly and regularly conditioned it with mink oil. Nice late 30's/early 40's split finger rarity could us another dose of mink oil (or your prefered conditioning technique) to enhance it's great look.
Louis Klopsche Finney (August 13, 1910 — April 22, 1966) was an American outfielder and first baseman in Major League Baseball. He played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1931 and 1933–39), Boston Red Sox (1939–42 and 1944–45), St. Louis Browns (1945–46) and Philadelphia Phillies (1947). Born in Buffalo, in Chambers County, Alabama, Finney stood 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) tall and weighed 180 lb (82 kg).
He helped the Athletics win the 1931 AL Pennant.
He was named to the 1940 American League All-Star Team.
He led the American League in At Bats (653) in 1936.
He finished 29th in voting for the 1940 American League MVP for leading the League in At Bats per Strikeout (41.1) and playing in 130 Games and having 534 At Bats, 73 Runs, 171 Hits, 31 Doubles, 15 Triples, 5 Home Runs, 73 RBI, 5 Stolen Bases, 33 Walks, .320 Batting Average, .360 On-base percentage, .463 Slugging Percentage, 247 Total Bases and 7 Sacrifice Hits.
In 15 seasons he played in 1,270 Games and had 4,631 At Bats, 643 Runs, 1,329 Hits, 203 Doubles, 85 Triples, 31 Home Runs, 494 RBI, 39 Stolen Bases, 329 Walks, .287 Batting Average, .336 On-base percentage, .388 Slugging Percentage, 1,795 Total Bases and 63 Sacrifice Hits.
He died in Lafayette, Alabama at the age of 55.
A true American baseball hero! What an amazing find!! rev/pr/4-13
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