Unless you hail from western Pennsylvania, chances are you've never heard of Grove City College. You can move to the head of the class, if you knew that the tiny Liberal Arts school was once a hotbed for Major League Baseball talent. Presented is a c.1899 Grove City pennant, featuring a silk fabric team photo. The 1899 GC Wolverines squad fielded a total of five players who made their way onto MLB rosters in the early 1900s. It appears all five of these talents are seen in the team photo, with Spike Shannon third from the left in the top row; Charlie Jones second from the right in the top row; Mal Eason second from the left in the middle row; Frank Smith first on the right in the middle row; and Doc Marshall on the right in the bottom row.
A bit over-sized, this antique felt pennant measures 34x14, and has a felt frame around the team photo. The "Grove City" letter patches are also felt, and the wide end accent strip is silk. Three pairs of silk tassels were attached to the wide end, however the bottom pair is absent. Located on the back, at center on the wide end of the pennant, is a "B.B. Montgomery, Grove City, Pa." manufacturer label. Condition is pleasing, with moderate erosion on the tip of the upper point, and a single moth hole on the crimson field about 4" left of the upper point, otherwise this pennant is a solid (EX) example. Baseball pennants from this period are very tough. One of this style from such a small school, seems impossible, but we're looking at it.