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Circa 1928 Babe Ruth, Miller Huggins, and Leo Durocher Signed Ball

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $6,000

Wilson "Official League" ball signed in blue fountain pen on separate panels by the following three members of the circa 1928 New York Yankees: Babe Ruth, Miller Huggins, and Leo Durocher. Ruth's signature appears on the sweet spot and grades "5/6." The signatures of Huggins, signed "M. Huggins" (grading "8/9"), and Durocher (grading "6/7") appear on the side panels located, respectively, directly below and above Ruth's signature. This is one of the most fascinating multisigned baseballs we have ever seen given the relationships between each of the three signers. Although Durocher only played two full seasons with the New York Yankees (1928 and 1929) it was probably two seasons too long as far as Ruth was concerned. Durocher's brash personality, along with his penchant for always being in debt and writing bad checks, made him generally unpopular with his teammates. Ruth, perhaps more than any other member of the Yankees, found him to be particularly annoying and on one occasion he even accused Durocher of stealing money from his locker. Durocher, however, was generally protected in the clubhouse by manager Miller Huggins, who took a liking to the slick fielding shortstop. Perhaps the fact that Durocher rubbed Ruth the wrong way was one of the reasons why Huggins favored him so much. Huggins and Ruth, of course, never saw eye to eye from day one, as the two waged a decade-long power struggle in the clubhouse. Ruth constantly tested the limits of Huggins' managerial discipline and it was only by the resolute backing of owner Jacob Ruppert, through suspensions and fines, that Huggins was finally able to get the upper hand. Unfortunately for Durocher, he lost his lone ally with the team when Huggins died prematurely at the end of the 1929 season. Not surprisingly, the club traded Durocher to Cincinnati prior to the 1930 season. This is the only ball we have ever seen signed by just these three individuals, all of whom were later inducted into the Hall of Fame. One can only imagine the set of circumstances that led to this ball's signing, but if all three individuals were present at the same time, there was probably a wonderful story that went with it as well. This is an extraordinary signed ball in all respects and one that would be among the highlights of any advanced Yankees or Hall of Fame autographed ball collection. The ball displays light soiling and scattered light toning, but all of the manufacturer's stampings remain bold and legible. In Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. SOLD FOR $6,000

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