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George Sosnak "1950 All-Star Game - Comiskey Park" Hand-Painted Ball
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,500
Elaborate folk-art tribute ball, hand-painted by former minor-league umpire George Sosnak (1922-1992), commemorating the 1950 All-Star Game held at Comiskey Park in Chicago. 1950 marked the first time an All-Star Game went into extra innings and the first time the National League won as a visiting club. The game lasted fourteen innings before Red Schoendienst's solo home run in the top of the frame proved the difference in the National League's 4-3 win. Not surprisingly, Sosnak dedicated one of the side panels to an illustration of Schoendienst rounding third after his game-winning blast. Nearly every inch of the remaining surface area features Sosnak's meticulous hand-painted lettering. The text provides copious information regarding the game, including box scores for each club. Although Sosnak was a prolific artist, by some accounts creating over 800 illustrated baseballs, the popularity of his works has continued to grow with each passing decade. Sosnak is nearly as well known in the folk-art community as he is in the field of baseball collectibles, so it is no surprise that examples of his work can be found in both the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. One of Sosnak's balls (detailing JFK’s Opening Day pitch at a 1962 Senators game) can even be found in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. The ball displays only slight wear and remains in Excellent to Mint condition. SOLD FOR $4,500
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