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Lot # 691 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1925 Washington Senators American League Champions Team-Signed Ball with Walter Johnson and Clark Griffith!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,040

Addendum: This ball may not be a 1925 Washington Senators team ball and may date later. We are in the process of researching and will update this description shortly.

Addendum Update (10/16/14 12:00 PM): The catalog description of this ball is accurate. The ball is signed by twelve members of the 1925 Washington Senators (and, as noted, one signature is illegible). HOWEVER, the ball itself is a 1929 to 1933 model American League baseball. Therefore the signatures date from at least several years after 1925, even though the twelve legible signers do have the 1925 season in common. Some collectors may therefore not define this ball as a 1925 Washington Senators team ball.

Red-and-blue stitched Official American League baseball signed in black ink by the following twelve members of the 1925 American League Champion Washington Senators: Walter Johnson (sweet spot), Clark Griffith (team owner), Bucky Harris, Goose Goslin, Roger Peckinpaugh, Tom Zachary, Muddy Ruel, Nemo Leibold, Buddy Myer, Firpo Marberry, Nick Altrock, and Earl McNeely. The ball is also signed by one other unidentified individual (very faint, partially illegible). Signatures range from "4" to "9," averaging "7/8." The Senators captured the pennant for the second consecutive season in 1925 but lost the World Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates in seven games. 1925 also marked the thirteenth and final time that Walter Johnson recorded twenty or more wins. He retired just two years later with the second-highest win total in baseball history. Washington Senators team-signed balls from the 1920s are scarce, especially those from the pennant-winning seasons of 1924 and 1925. The fact that this example also includes the signature of team owner Calvin Griffith makes it especially desirable. The ball is darkly toned (obscuring most of the manufacturer's labels) and in Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA.
SOLD FOR $2,040

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