2017 Mid-Summer Classic
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/30/2017
laying major-league baseball had always been young Harry’s dream. Shortly after graduating from Oakland Technical High School, he had a tryout with San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.3 Living just across the bay, Lavagetto was eager for the chance to play professional baseball so close to home. But he flopped during the tryout and assumed his goal of playing in the big leagues was over. Moreover, his father had been pressuring him to start earning a living. A week after the tryout, Lavagetto heard of a game that was being put together between some big leaguers on the West Coast who were about to leave for spring training and an All -Star semipro team. Proceeds of the game were to go toward an insurance fund to pay for hospital bills for semipro players who got injured. Lavagetto was picked to play for the semipro team, and was slated to come into the game after the fifth inning with other substitutes. When he came to bat, his team was down two runs and the bases were loaded with two outs. On the mound was Al “Pudgy” Gould, who had played two seasons (1916-17) with the Cleveland Indians and had a long career in the Pacific Coast League. Harry hit a Gould pitch high off the right-field wall for a bases-clearing double, securing the lead and eventually the win for the semipros. After the game, he received nine offers to play professionally. Lavagetto called that hit his greatest moment in baseball. “Everything stemmed from that one shot I hit,” he told Washington sportswriter Bob Addie. “There would have been no big-league career, no chance to spoil Bevens’s no-hitter. One swing changed the whole course of my life because I was almost to the point, after being released by San Francisco, where I was going to give up the idea of ever playing big-league ball.”4 Lavagetto signed with Cookie DeVincenzi, owner of the Pacific Coast League’s Oakland Oaks. Harry became known as "Cookie's boy" and, eventually, just plain Cookie. Originating from the collection of "Cookie" Lavagetto, this one of a kind "business" or "Campaign" card was created for Cookie by his peers and teammates. Comes with an LOA from Steiner Auctions and the Lavagetto Family.
Cookie Lavagetto "Cookie For President" Business card
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Minimum Bid: $25.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $0.00
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Auction closed on Sunday, July 30, 2017.
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