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26-Inning Iron Men: Leon Cadore and Joe Oeschger Signed Baseball

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,624.00

On May 1, 1920, Brooklyn Robins pitcher Leon Cadore took the mound against Boston Braves starter Joe Oeschger. Twenty-six innings later neither could claim victory; however, both hurlers etched their names into the record book by pitching every inning of a marathon contest that ended in a 1-1 deadlock. Offered here is an extremely rare and unusual ball signed in blue ink by each of those famed iron men. The circa 1950 Worth Official Little League baseball has been signed "Leon Cadore - Brooklyn" on one side panel. Oeschger has inscribed the opposite side panel, "Joe Oeschger - 26 innings - Boston vs. Brooklyn - May 1-1920 - Score 1-1." Oeschger's signature is the slightly stronger of the two, grading "8", while Cadore's signature is almost as strong, grading a very respectable "6/7." Cadore passed away in 1957 and the acquisition of his signature is a serious challenge for collectors today, let alone on an ideal association piece such as this. It is very interesting to note that this is an extremely early Little League baseball example featuring the stamped facsimile signature of Little League founder Carl E. Stotz as commissioner. Stotz developed the idea for Little League baseball in 1938 and served as commissioner through 1955. The ball is bright, white, perfectly clean, and in strong Near Mint condition. This is quite possibly the only ball in existence signed by both Cadore and Oeschger. This ball originates from the collection of legendary early signed-baseball collector George Hipp. LOA from Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,624.00

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