Beautiful certificate from the American League Baseball Company of St. Louis
issued in 1948. This historic document was printed by the Buxton & Skinner Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of an American League Globe logo. This item has the original signatures of the Company’s President, and Assistant Secretary, and is over 67 years old.
From the club's beginning in 1901 until it finally moved to Baltimore in 1954 to become the Orioles, the Browns finished in the cellar 14 times, and seventh 12 times. They made only a dozen appearances in the first division. Once, in 1944, they treated their fans to a pennant.
After the 1901 season, the Milwaukee Brewers, charter members of the American League, moved to St. Louis and became the Browns - a name that recalled the glorious history of Chris von der Ahe's Brown Stockings. In their first St. Louis season, the Browns finished second. After years of prosperity at the gate, in 1916 owner Robert Hedges sold the team to Philip Ball, who had owned the St. Louis Terriers of the defunct Federal League. Ball's tenure, lasting until 1933, was one of failure.
In 1951 Bill Veeck bought the noncontending Browns with the expressed purpose of driving the Cardinals out of town. Cardinals owner Fred Saight had income tax troubles that resulted in a prison term, but August Busch restored order by purchasing the team. To draw fans, Veeck gave them "fun 'n' games," including midget Eddie Gaedel. The stunts so angered the other owners that Veeck was forced to sell the club to Baltimore interests in 1953, putting an end to the St. Louis Browns. 1954 was the first year of the Baltimore Orioles.
Branch Rickey's legacy in baseball began with a two year stint in the major leagues as a catcher. However, by 1904 he was coaching baseball at Ohio Wesleyan University and would later earn a law degree from the University of Michigan. His return to professional baseball came in 1913, when he joined the St. Louis Browns as the personal assistant of owner Robert Hedges. Three years later with the Browns sold, Rickey joined the St Louis Cardinals as field manager and later as the club's general manager.
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