On Antiques Roadshow, the great-grandson of the mustachioed baseball legend, Edward Hugh "Ned" Hanlon, brought some of his great grandfather's championship memorabilia -- three championship lapel pins and a set of baseball bat and ball cufflinks.
A 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 a National League pennant to Brooklyn in 1899 and 1900. He was one of the great managers in baseball history and he earned 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, in particular from the 1890s is exceptionally rare and exceptionally collectible. Very, very little of it has ever come to market, in particular 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 this two hundred grand slam was priceless.