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Rare lifetime Major League baseball pass. Metal (2.75x4.25") reads, "The National and American Major Leagues of Professional Baseball present this LIFETIME PASS to Whitey Witt in appreciation of long and meritorious service - William Harridge American League (and) Ford C. Frick National League." Witt was an outstanding center fielder who hit .287 lifetime. He went from a summer league directly to the Philadelphia Athletics after being signed by Connie Mack. Manager Mack even changed Witt's name because the manager didn't want to write Whitey's real last name of Wittkowski every day on the line-up card, so Lawton Wittkowski (who had blond hair) became Whitey Witt. Witt also played on the Brooklyn Robins and the New York Yankees, where he was good friends with Babe Ruth. Hopefully Witt, who passed away in 1988, used this pass often because this South Jersey resident lived to be the oldest surviving member of the 1923 New York Yankees, the first Yankee team to win the World Series. Lambert Brothers Jewelers stamp on back. Excellent condition, slight tarnishing.
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