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Lot # 1027 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Possible Game-Used Ball from the Game in which Johnny Vander Meer's Consecutive No-Hit Streak was Ended in 1938 - Signed by Vander Meer

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $830

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On June 19, 1938, 31,000 fans packed Braves Field in Boston to witness the game between the Braves and Cincinnati Reds. The attraction that day was not the game itself, but the man on the mound for the Reds: Johnny Vander Meer, who, in his previous two starts, had recorded back-to-back no-hitters. Now fans clamored to see how long his consecutive no-hit innings streak could go. Vander Meer tantalized the crowd for three innings before Debs Garms singled with one out in the fourth inning, thereby ending the streak at 21 2/3 innings. One of the fans present that day was baseball fan and autograph collector B. C. Clark, who commemorated the event by obtaining the green-ink signatures (grading "9/10') of Johnny Vander Meer and four of his Reds teammates (Myers, Riggs, Cooke, and McCormick) on this official National League (Frick) ball. The ball's provenance is reflected in the vintage green-ink notation on a side panel that reads "June 19, 1938." What makes this ball so intriguing is that like nearly all of the signed balls in the B. C. Clark Collection, it appears to be game-used and most likely represents a ball that saw action on the field that day. The ball displays moderate soiling throughout and a minor abrasion, both of which are 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. As a side note, the excitement generated by Vander Meer's two consecutive no-hitters at the time can be put into perspective by the attendance figure for the following day's game between the two clubs: 2,205. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $830


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