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1925 Washington Senators Banquet Program - Muddy Ruel's Personal Copy

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The offered artifact is quite possibly the most poignant Washington Senators keepsake in existance. From the personal collection of former backstop Muddy Ruel, this 1925 celebratory dinner program was a telling tribute to both the team and one of its ardent supporters. Specifically, a banquet to honor Washington's 1925 American League pennant was held at Washington's Occidental Hotel by proprietor Fred Buchholz (as one had been the year before). The 16-page item features a thick stock cover, the front of which bears a cartoon depiction of Hall of Famer Bucky Harris standing atop a beaten and bruised Athletics pachyderm mascot. Printed text lists the event and date ("Sept - 28 - 1925"). The pages within have menu and guest listings, as well as sepia-toned images of Senators heroes. Prefacing that is a touching two-page spread, which shows a likeness of the late Gus Buchholz and a copy of a letter he had written on June 6, 1925 (the day before his death). The letter is addressed to the Senators and requests eight box seats for the World's Series. Buchholz writes (in part): "Philadelphia has a slight edge on our team at present but they will not be able to keep up to the pace you are setting. In fact, I am so sure that you will pass them that I am making up my menu for the banquet to your team again this fall, when they bring home the bacon." Buchholz, of course, was spot-on in his prediction, as Philadelphia would occupy the top spot as late as August 19, but went 16-28 to finish well behind the surging Senators. The item is incredibly well maintained and features a partially frayed ribbon adornment (along the spine). The front cover, incidentally, reads "Bring on th' Pirates for dessert." That, too, appeared to be a welcome treat, until the Bucs became the first team in October annals to recover from a three-games-to-one deficit.

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