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1943-1948 Racine Belles All American Girls Professional Baseball League Memorabilia Collection with Rare One-Year-Only Style Ball (10)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,304
This phenomenal collection of material relating to the Racine Belles of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League is comprised of a number of rare items, including an official AAGPBL ball used only during the 1948 season, a team-signed photo dating from the league's 1943 inaugural season, and various yearbooks. (Note: Two additional extraordinary All American Girls official baseballs in their original boxes also accompanied the collection and are offered separately in this auction as their own lots). 1) 1948 official AAGPBL ball. This exceedingly rare ball, measuring 10 3/8 inches in circumference, was produced by MacGregor Goldsmith for use during the 1948 season. The facsimile signature of Hall of Fame outfielder Max Carey appears on a side panel in his capacity as president of the league. According to the official web site of the AAGPBL (http://www.aagpbl.org/), the 10 3/8-inch circumference ball was only used in league play during the 1948 season. At the time, this was the smallest ball ever used in the AAGPBL and its introduction was related to the new pitching rule established that year that allowed for an overhand delivery. Prior to the 1948 season only underhand or sidearm pitching was allowed and the balls varied in size between 12 and 11 inches in circumference. After the 1948 season the ball size was once again changed, to 10 inches in circumference, and it remained that size until 1953, when it was reduced once again to 9 inches for the league's final two seasons. The ball is lightly toned and displays a few minor surface blemishes. Ex. 2) 1943 Racine Belles team-signed photo. This photo dates from the league's 1943 inaugural season and captures the Belles in a classic team pose. Signed by all of the team members in black fountain pen upon their respective images. Back Row, L-R: Charlotte Smith, Joanne Winter, Johnny Gottselig (Manager), Mary Nesbitt, Dorothy Hunter, and Marie Anderson (Chaperone). Middle Row, L-R: Eleanor Dapkus, Sophie Kurys, Dorothy Wind, Gloria Marks, Dorothy McGuire, and Margaret Danhauser. Front Row, L-R: Irene Hickson, Edythe Perlick, Clara "Claire" Schillace, Annabelle Thompson, and Madeline English. The vintage black-ink notation on the reverse reads: "Thora Johnson/Business Manager/All-American/Girls Soft Ball League/August 20th 1943." Signatures range from "5" to "10," averaging "7." The photo (7 x 5 inches) displays numerous creases throughout. Gd-Vg. 3-5) Three Racine Belles yearbooks. Collection of three Racine Belles yearbooks (8.5 x 11 inches) dating, respectively, from the 1944, 1945, and 1946 seasons. Each yearbook features photos and short biographies of every team member as well as team photos of each club in the league and statistics from the previous season. 1944 and 1945 (both Ex, with a few light scratches and abrasions on the front cover), 1946 (Ex-Mt). 6-8) Three Racine Belles scorecards. Each fold-over scorecard measures 6 x 9 inches and has not been scored. Comprised of 1944 (vs. Rockford), Vg; 1945 (vs. Ft. Wayne), Gd; and 1945 (vs. Kenosha), Ex-Mt. 9) 1944 AAGPBL official schedule. The fold-over schedule (6 x 9 inches) opens up to reveal the complete league schedule for 1944. Vg. 10) 1944 Racine Belles season press pass. The press pass (3.75 x 2 inches) grants the "Bearer + 1" access to every Belles home game at Horlick Athletic Field and has been signed in pencil by a club official. Vg, with numerous small creases. Total: 10 items. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,304
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