MEARS Auction #123, Ends Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, 10:00 PM CST W/30-Minute Rule In Effect
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 2/3/2019


In 1938, finishing 1st in the National League with an 89-63 record, the Cubs won their 15th pennant. They went on to be swept by the Yankees in four games of the 1938 World Series.

During the season, Wrigley named 37-year-old Gabby Hartnett as the team's player-manager, replacing Charlie Grimm. When Hartnett took over, the Cubs were in third place, six games behind the first place Pittsburgh Pirates who were led by Pie Traynor. By September 27, with one week left in the season, the Cubs had battled back to within a game and a half game of the Pirates in the National League standings as the two teams met for a crucial three-game series. Dean pitched the opening game of the series and with his ailing arm, relied more on his experience and grit to defeat the Pirates by a score of 2 to 1. Dean would later call it the greatest outing of his career. The Cubs cut the Pirates' lead to a half game and set the stage for one of baseball's most memorable moments.

On September 28, the two teams met for the second game of the series, where Hartnett experienced the highlight of his career. With darkness descending on the lightless Wrigley Field and the score tied at 5 runs apiece, the umpires ruled that the ninth inning would be the last to be played. The entire game would have to be replayed the following day if the score remained tied. Hartnett came to bat with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning. With a count of 0 balls and 2 strikes, Hartnett connected on a Mace Brown pitch, launching the ball into the darkness, before it eventually landed in the left-center field bleachers. The stadium erupted into pandemonium as players and fans stormed the field to escort Hartnett around the bases. Hartnett's walk-off home run became immortalized as the Homer in the Gloamin'. The Cubs were now in first place, culminating an impressive 19-3-1 record in September, and the pennant would be clinched three days later.

The 1945 Chicago Cubs season was the 74th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 70th in the National League and the 30th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won the National League pennant, the team’s 16th, with a record of 98–56, 3 games ahead of the second-place St. Louis Cardinals. The team went on to the 1945 World Series, which they lost to the Detroit Tigers in seven games. It would take 71 years before the Cubs made it to another World Series.

Offered for this lot is a very rare and exceptionally high grade Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field stadium flag. Measuring 5 ½ feet wide x 9 feet long, the flag is completely intact, with slight but expected fraying of the edges and some of the lettering, a direct result of the pounding of the Windy City’s Lake Michigan gales. This piece proudly flew over the friendly confines of Wrigley Field and commemorated the Cubs 15 NL pennants. 2 red stars proudly represent the team’s World Series Championships.

After winning the pennant during the 1945 season, bringing their total to 16 NL titles, the team designed a new flag. Thus, starting in 1946, the Cubs flag would bear 16 stars. Therefore, we can date this pennant to 1938-1945. An important bird’s eye witness of Chicago Cubs and baseball history.
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Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $7,514
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Sunday, February 3, 2019.
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