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1936 World Series Multisigned Ball with Babe Ruth, Carl Hubbell, and Casey Stengel
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,851
Official American League (Harridge) ball signed in blue fountain pen by the following fifteen participants and attendees at the 1936 World Series: Babe Ruth (grading "6/7," on a side panel), Carl Hubbell (sweet spot), Red Ruffing, Lefty Gomez, Casey Stengel, Frank Snyder (Giants coach), Slick Castleman, Johnny Murphy, Jack Lait (journalist), Bump Hadley, Pat Malone (twice), Frank Gabler, Dick Coffman, Harry Gumbert, and Dan Paker (not a player; we have not been able to identify him). Signatures range from "6" to "8," averaging "7." The ball's World Series provenance is based upon the vintage blue-ink notation written on the ball label that reads "Oct 2. 1936/N.Y. vs. N.Y./World Series/Lazzeri/3d In." The Yankees defeated the Giants 18-4 in Game 2 of the 1937 World Series held on October 2nd at the Polo Grounds. As noted on the ball, Lazzeri's grand slam in the top of the third inning helped lead the onslaught, as the Yankees collected seventeen hits against five Giants pitchers in the laugher. The Yankees went on to defeat the Giants in six games, thereby capturing their first of what would be four consecutive World Championships. Casey Stengel was manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1936, so his attendance at the Series is not surprising, nor is the fact that B. C. Clark managed to obtain his signature on the ball. Jack Lait was a celebrated New York newspaper journalist, successful author, and playwright. The ball displays moderate-to-heavy soiling (only a portion of the manufacturer's labels are visible), as well as a few abrasions, features 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 $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,851
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