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Bill McKechnie's Personal 1948 Indians World Champions Baseball Diary - Filled with Daily Handwritten Team and Player Notations

Lot Number 1237

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Deacon Bill McKechnie logged a long, distinguished career as a player, coach and manager. So this pocket diary (2-5/8 x 4-1/4") could just as easily hail from any old season. But, no, the unique memento happens to document none other than the Indians' 1948 championship campaign—and the historic rookie year of Satchel Paige. Coach McKechnie's signature appears on the first page above his Bradenton, FL address. Then the pages are filled with each day's teams, scores, pitchers and attendance (occasionally annotated, as in: "largest opening day"; or "new attendance [record] at nite"). Every one of Paige’s appearances, including his major-league debut and his landmark milestone as the first black pitcher in a World Series game (attendance 86,000), is chronicled in Manager McKechnie’s own hand. Fellow HOFers Feller and Lemon are of course also listed. Showing the measure of the man, McKechnie's final entry on October 11th offers no hoopla, no bombast, just the humble, factual declaration: "Cleveland - World Series / 4 games to 2." EX condition. Auction LOA from JSA.

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