On Antiques Roadshow, the great-grandson of mustachioed baseball legend Edward Hugh “Ned” Hanlon brought some of his great-grandfather’s baseball memorabilia — three championship lapel pins and a set of bat-and-ball cufflinks.
The Baseball Legend
Ned Hanlon was most famous as manager of the Baltimore Orioles in the 1890s. He piloted this great team to three straight National League pennants in 1894, 1895, and 1896. And then he went on to bring National League pennants to Brooklyn in 1899 and 1900. He was one of the great managers in baseball history, earning the nickname “Foxy Ned” by creating and perfecting “inside baseball” strategy, including the hit-and-run play and the Baltimore chop.
A Shocking Value
Baltimore Orioles memorabilia, especially from the 1890s, is exceptionally rare and exceptionally collectible. Very, very little of it has ever come to market, particularly things that came from people who played for the team — or in this case, managed the team. When the pins and the cufflinks were appraised at a value of $200,000, Ned’s great-grandson’s reaction to the two hundred grand slam was priceless.
Antiques Roadshow airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on PBS.
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