1915 Phillies NL Championship Pocket Watch Presented to Luderus 
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The 1915 Philadelphia Phillies did something that no Philadelphia team had ever done; they won the National League Championship. The championship was monumental considering the Phillies were a perennial second division team. To celebrate this achievement, each of the players was presented with an astounding 14-karat gold pocket watch with the inscription ”Presented to you as a member of the FIRST PHILADELPHIA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM, NATIONAL LEAGUE 1915, E. T. Stotesbury, Chairman.”. This particular pocket watch was given to the first baseman, Fred Luderus, whose .315 average led the team in batting. Although the Phillies would lose the 1915 World Series to the Boston Red Sox, Luderus did his best to stop them by hitting .438 in five games. The reverse of the watch displays a stylized blue enamel monogram “FWL” which are Fred's initials. The timepiece was made by the E. Howard Watch Co, Boston, and the watch is still in working order. The 10” watch fob is tagged 14-karat gold and accompanies this magnificent relic. From the days before championship rings, this is an important artifact with ties to the first championship for one of the oldest franchises. 
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