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Miscellaneous 1940s and 1950s Multisigned Ball Collection (10)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,541
Collection of nine multisigned balls and one single-signed ball, spanning the years 1941 to 1958, each originating from the B. C. Clark Collection (see introduction in the catalog for full details and provenance). Among the highlights are a 1943 New York Yankees World Champions team-signed ball and 1949 High Point-Thomasville team ball (minor-league ball) dating from Eddie Mathews’ first professional season. Eight are team balls (with most having fewer signatures than normally associated with team balls), while another features signatures from more than one team. Ideally, as was his custom, Clark has inscribed the date of the game at which the signatures were obtained on most of the balls. Unless otherwise noted, all of the balls are official American League (Harridge) balls and appear to be game-used (moderate soiling throughout; grading Vg on average). Signature grades listed for each ball represent an average.
1) July 27, 1941 (St. Louis Browns). Eight blue-ink signatures ("7"): Rick Ferrell (alone on a side panel, displays as a single), George Castor, Bob Harris, Johnny Allen, Bob Swift, Zack Taylor (coach), Fritz Ostermueller, and Maurice Newlin. 2) 1943 (No date listed; New York Yankees - World Champions). Twenty-five blue-ink signatures ("7"): Joe McCarthy (Mgr., sweet spot), Bill Dickey, Joe Gordon, Hank Borowy, Charlie Keller, Tuck Stainback, Nick Etten, Oscar Grimes, Frank Crosetti, Ken Sears, Rollie Hemsley (sweet spot), Bud Metheny, Bill Johnson, Jim Turner, Atley Donald, Marius Russo, Tommy Byrne, George Stirnweiss, Bill Zuber, Johnny Murphy, Johnny Lindell, Marv Breuer, Butch Wensloff, John Schulte, and Earl Combs (clubhouse signature). 3) August 28, 1948 (New York Yankees). Ten black-ink signatures (“8/9”): Phil Rizzuto, Tommy Henrich, Bobby Brown, Frank Hiller, Bill Johnson, Gus Niarhos, Red Embree, Bob Porterfield (sweet spot), Bud Souchock, and Vic Raschi. 4) September 14, 1949 (High Point-Thomasville – Champions of the North Carolina State League). Sixteen blue-ink signatures (“7”) on an official North Carolina State League ball, including Eddie Mathews (first season of professional ball; almost certainly the earliest Eddie Mathews signature on a baseball) and Cliff Bolton. 5) 1951 (No date listed; New York Giants). Five blue-ink signatures (“7”) on an ONL (Frick) ball: Sal Maglie, Herman Franks (coach), Jack Maguire, Wes Westrum, and Norman Fox (this ball, as noted on a side panel, was signed during an exhibition game down South between the Giants and Indians. Fox failed to make the team that year).
6) April 8, 1955 (New York Giants and Boston Red Sox). Fifteen blue-ink signatures (“8”), including Leo Durocher (Mgr.), Monte Irvin, Dusty Rhodes, Willard Nixon, Bill Summers, Joe Amalfitano, Dave Williams, Dick Brodowski, Tom Hurd, and Paul Giel. (This ball, as noted on a side panel, was signed during an exhibition game down South between the Giants and Red Sox, as such a few of the signers failed to make their respective clubs.) 7) August 2, 1955 (Detroit Tigers). Eighteen blue-ink signatures (“8”), including Bucky Harris (Mgr., sweet spot), Schoolboy Rowe (coach, sweet spot), Al Kaline, Ray Boone, Harvey Kuenn, Jack Phillips, Reno Bertoia, Harry Malmberg, Bill Tuttle, Bill Swift, Frank Lary, Steve Gromek, Jim Delsing, Earl Torgeson, and Al Aber. 8) August 10, 1955. Signed by Yogi Berra in blue ink (“8/9”) on a side panel. 9) September 29, 1955 (New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers). Nine blue-ink signatures (“8”): Whitey Ford, Charlie Silvera, Jim Turner, Jerry Coleman, Tommy Byrne, Joe Collins, Chuck Dressen (Mgr., Brooklyn, sweet spot), Carl Erskine, and one other (illegible). (As noted on a side panel, this ball was obtained at Game 2 of the 1955 World Series held at Yankee Stadium.) 10) 1958 (No date listed; Baltimore Orioles). Twenty-five blue-ink signatures (“6”) on a “Baltimore Orioles” souvenir ball: Dick Williams, Paul Richards (Mgr., sweet spot), Lum Harris (coach, sweet spot), Jim Busby, Bob Boyd, Bob Nieman, Billy Gardner, Willie Miranda (on ball label), Bill O’Dell, Jim Marshall, Al Pilarcik, George Zuverink, Gene Woodling, Gus Triandos, Charlie Beamon, Milt Pappas, Lou Sleater, Hal Brown, Foster Castleman, Joe Ginsberg, Joe Taylor, Arnie Portocarrero, Ken Lehman, and two others (illegible). Total: 10 balls. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $1,541
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