”The best left-hander to ever pitch for the Reds” strides back into view with this pair of Eppa Rixey (d.1963) personal items. Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame a month before his demise, “Jephtha” racked up 179 wins during his 1921-1933 Cincinnati tenure, the bulk of his 266 career victories.
Drawn on The Provident Savings Bank & Trust Co. of Cincinnati is a signed check dated 4/25/55. This vintage voucher (VG-EX) is crisp and attractive with moderate wear and the usual bank cancellation stamps and perforations. Rixey’s endorsement shows (“7-8”) potency at bottom right. Auction LOA from JSA.
Measuring just shy of 1-1/4” in diameter the brass charm shows abundant detail and pleasing luster with a minor scattered discoloring. The obverse features a raised baseball at center with an olive branch wreath ringing the perimeter. The reverse is engraved with “Eppa Rixey 1922”. While the origin of this near antique piece of jewelry is undetermined, it was likely presented in recognition of Rixey’s NL leading wins total of 25 that year.