"It was Pat who made a pitcher out of me and I was fortunate to play under him," said Eppa Rixey. "Few men that I've ever known in baseball knew the fine arts of pitching as did Moran." Indeed, the Phillies manager is credited with molding Grover Cleveland Alexander into one of the greatest hurlers in history. After piloting Philadelphia to the 1915 World Series, Moran eventually moved on to Cincinnati, where he rebuilt the Reds pitching staff en route to a 1919 world championship—albeit tainted by the Black Sox scandal.
Here, Moran is pictured in profile on a phenomenally rare, beautifully preserved piece that last reached the auction block way back in 2006, when it sold for nearly $4,000. The 1-1/4"-diameter celluloid pin is NM, while the silver-accented "PHILLIES CHAMPIONS N.L. 1915" ribbon hanger and red-seamed mini-baseball are EX-MT. A breathtaking survivor.