BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will present an important collection of items, including World Series memorabilia, once owned by former major league baseball player John “Stuffy” McInnis. This exciting group of memorabilia will be featured in the Summer’s End Estate Auction on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m. EDT. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide Internet live bidding.
Stuffy McInnis was born in 1890 in Gloucester, Mass., and died in 1960 in Ipswich, Mass. He played for several teams during a major league career that spanned 19 seasons. Making his major league debut on April 12, 1909, McInnis went on to have an impressive career that included four World Series titles with several teams. Overall, he held a .307 batting average, hit 20 home runs, and had 1,062 RBI in 2,128 games.
McInnis began his career as a shortstop for the Philadelphia Athletics. In the 1911 season he was moved to first base, and thus became a member of Connie Mack’s famous “$100,000 Infield.” Playing alongside Eddie Collins at second base, Frank Baker at third base and Jack Barry at shortstop, together the team won the World Series in 1911 and 1913.
McInnis was traded to the Boston Red Sox and played with them from 1918 to 1921. In 644 plate appearances with the Red Sox, he struck out only nine times. In addition to being a member of the Red Sox when they won the 1918 World Series, he also set an impressive record in 1921, his final season with the team. McInnis played 119 consecutive games at first base without an error. It wasn’t until June 25, 2007 that Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis broke that 86 year-old-record.
After just three years in Boston, McInnis was traded to the Cleveland Indians for the 1922 season. He was then traded to the Boston Braves from 1923 until 1924, and later, he was sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1925 until 1926, where he won his fourth World Series title in 1925. McInnis finished his career with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1927.
McInnis continued to add to his impressive baseball resume by serving as the coach for the Harvard baseball team from 1949 to 1954.
Kaminski Auctions will present the collection of this local baseball champion. Included in the single lot are many significant memorabilia items: a 14-karat gold E. Howard pocket watch with a 10-karat watch fob and a gold-filled pen knife, all inscribed with World Series logo 1910-1911-1913 (McInnis was on the Philadelphia Athletics roster when they won their 1910 title); a sterling silver presentation trophy by Gloucester friends, October 1910, made by Newbury Crafters; a 10-karat gold ring inscribed with his name, Baseball Centennial 1839-1939, diamond chip; four photographs from New York Giants vs. Chicago White Sox game in Liverpool, England; photos of King George V and Edward Prince of Wales, circa 1914; and a collection of vintage programs, photographs and newspaper clippings as well as a passport for McInnis issued in 1914. The entire collection is valued $3,000-$4,000.
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