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Lot # 1015 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1937 All-Star Game Multisigned Ball with Babe Ruth, Mel Ott, and Jimmie Foxx (First Three 500 Home-Run Club Members), Plus Eight Other Hall of Famers

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $10,073

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Red-stitched ball (most likely an official American or National League ball) beautifully signed in blue fountain pen by the following twenty-two participants and attendees at the 1937 All-Star Game: Babe Ruth (grading "10"), Mel Ott ("10"), Jimmie Foxx, Kenesaw Landis, Joe McCarthy (AL Mgr., sweet spot), Gabby Hartnett, Frankie Frisch (NL coach), Ernie Lombardi, Dizzy Dean, Lefty Gomez, Johnny Mize, Al Schacht (known as the "Clown Prince of Baseball"), Bucky Walters, Dave Keefe (former player, possibly a coach or assistant at the game), Chuck Dressen (NL coach), Pepper Martin, Burgess Whitehead, Gus Mancuso (sweet spot), Luke Sewell, Beau Bell, Harlond Clift, and Joe Fitzgerald (former minor-league player, possibly a coach or assistant at the game). The signatures are all boldly penned, ranging from "7" to "10," averaging "8/9." The ball's All-Star-Game provenance is duly noted by the vintage black and blue ink notation on the opposite sweet spot, which reads "All Star/Washington/July 7, 1937." The American League defeated the National League 8-3 in the 1937 All-Star Game, held at Griffith Stadium in Washington on July 7, 1937. Dean and Gomez were the respective starters for each club, while Lou Gehrig recorded the game's only home run. What makes this ball especially significant is that it features the vintage signatures of Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, and Mel Ott, who were the first three members of baseball's elite 500 Home Run Club. Neither Foxx nor Ott had yet reached that exalted plateau in 1937, but after Ott joined the club in 1945 it would be another fifteen years until they were joined by a new member (Ted Williams). This is a remarkable multi-signed ball, featuring eleven Hall of Famers, that comes with the outstanding provenance of having been personally obtained by our consignor at the 1937 All-Star Game. The ball displays moderate-to-heavy soiling (none of the manufacturer's labels are visible) that is consistent with its having been a game-used ball (as are nearly all of the balls in the B. C. Clark Collection; see introduction for full details and provenance). In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $10,073

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