1908 Jack Pfiester Chicago Cubs World Champions Pin
The Cubs are in the midst of enduring an unprecedented championship drought that has lasted 107 years and counting. But there was a time when the franchise was at the very top of the sport. Here's a spectacular artifact from the last time the team from Chicago's North Side was king of the baseball world: a gold World Champions medal with pin on the back that was bestowed upon Cubs pitcher Jack Pfiester, who compiled a 12-10 record with a 2.00 ERA and 18 complete games in 29 starts that season. And on September 23 of that year, the fearless Pfiester remarkably tossed a complete game five-hitter against the New York Giants with a dislocated tendon in his pitching arm. He even had to be assisted off the field numerous times but refused to exit the game. This one-of-a-kind heirloom comes directly from the great grandson of the pitcher who started Game 3 of that famous World Series, won by the Cubbies over the Tigers. The name J.A. PFIESTER is inscribed on the back of the medal, which was given to him for his role in helping Chicago win its second straight crown (Pfiester also won a game in the 1907 Series). The left-handed Pfiester began his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1903 and pitched in only three games in each of his first two seasons with the Bucs. He resurfaced with Chicago in 1906 and almost instantly became one of the most dominant pitchers in the game. As a true rookie that season, he won 20 games and boasted an especially stingy 1.51 ERA. The following year, it improved to a microscopic 1.15 ERA, and his career earned run average stands at a brilliant 2.02, the third-lowest of any major leaguer ever who has hurled at least 1,000 innings. This exceedingly rare relic will undoubtedly prove even more valuable if and when the Cubs ever do win another World Series (which they are primed to do very soon), as the spotlight will once again shine on the ballclub's last heroes of the fall.
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