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|Title||Golden’s Clothing Bill Donovan Pin|
|Images||Black and White
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1910 Golden’s Clothing Bill Donovan Pins Overview
This rare pin features baseball player Bill Donovan, an 18-year major league veteran pitcher.
The pin was an advertisement for Golden’s Clothing, a clothier in Detroit. The store was apparently a large one as it was equipped with an elevator, as mentioned in this article where an employee was injured in the shaft.
The pin is difficult to find and cream-colored/off white. It features a picture of Donovan smiling and is appropriately titled, “Smile like Bill Donovan” at the bottom. The top reads, “Wear Golden’s Clothing” with Donovan’s image in the middle.
Donovan was a solid pitcher in the major leagues. He played most of his career with the Detroit Tigers but also suited up for the Washington Senators, Brooklyn Superbas, and New York Yankees. He won 185 games against only 139 losses and twice won 25 in a season. Each of his 25-win seasons were notable points in his career. When he first won 25 games in 1901, he led the league in that category. His 25-4 record in 1907 gave him a .862 winning percentage, which also led the league.
1910 Golden’s Clothing Bill Donovan Pins Checklist
The Donovan appears to be a standalone issue in the set. However, because of its rarity, it is not unfathomable that other players could have been used in the promotion.