Successful in his pursuit of a law degree from the University of Cincinnati, Miller Huggins chose the diamond over the courtroom. And while his successes with the New York Yankees are well documented, few know the extent to which the 5-foot-6 field manager molded what has become far and away the most dominant franchise in American sports history. This 1925 stock certificate is concrete vestige of Huggins’ prolific (yet very private) endeavors in shaping “Murderers Row.”
Framed to 13 x 13-1/2”, the vintage document features elegant text, symmetrical presentation and handwritten specifics. Dated “8 January 1925,” the certificate documents “60 Shares Issued to Miller J. Huggins.” An additional entry cites “Transferred to R. J. Connery.” At the conclusion, Huggins (d.1929) has signed “Miller J. Huggins” in black-ink steel tip fountain pen. Among the rarest and coveted Bronx signatures, this Huggins scripting projects every bit of (“9”) strength and clarity.
The Huggins-Connery partnership began in 1913, when Huggins replaced Roger Bresnahan as the St. Louis Cardinals skipper and Connery left the Connecticut State League to scout for the Cardinals. Together, they worked seamlessly with Connery’s most notable signing coming in 1915 when he inked a raw Texas product named Rogers Hornsby for $600. When Huggins was named to the Yankee post in October, 1917, he insisted on bringing Connery. And while Connery announced his “retirement” from the Yankees to settle down and purchase the St. Paul Saints in 1925, he was arguably never more involved with the Bronx Bombers than he was in his capacity as an American Association executive. The aforementioned certificate staked Huggins to one-third minority ownership. Though this went unnoticed (or at the very least, unannounced) by the Yankee brass, the Saints and Yankees had a virtual railroad, shipping no fewer than 29 players (including 1927 World Series hero Mark Koenig) from the Midwest to the Bronx during the Connery-Huggins liaison. The Yankees didn’t formally embark on their own farm or “feeder” system until 1932, but make no mistake about it, Huggins reaped the benefits of his personal and financial ties with the purchase detailed in this wondrous baseball artifact.
Accenting the display is a Perez-Steele postcard. Full photo LOA from JSA.
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