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Lot # 1192 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

George Sosnak "1947 World Series - Game 6" Hand-Painted Ball

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $5,629

Elaborate folk-art tribute ball, hand-painted by former minor-league umpire George Sosnak (1922-1992), commemorating Game 6 of the 1947 World Series between the Dodgers and Yankees, held at Yankee Stadium. Game 6 of the 1947 World Series is best remembered today for Al Gionfriddo's remarkable catch off the bat of Joe DiMaggio with two men on in the bottom of the sixth that helped preserve Brooklyn's 8-6 victory. Unfortunately for the Flatbush faithful, the Yankees defeated the Dodgers in Game 7, thereby denying the club its first-ever World Championship. An illustration of Gionfriddo making his famous catch adorns a side panel, while nearly every inch of the remaining surface area features Sosnak's meticulous hand-painted lettering. When creating a ball dedicated to a specific individual, Sosnak customarily began with a ball autographed by that person. He then incorporated the autograph within his design, often enhancing it with his favorite medium: India Ink. This ball is no exception, with the enhanced signature of Al Gionfriddo highlighting the lone illustration. The text provides information regarding Game 6, including the box score 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. Sosnak coated the ball with a thin layer of protective shellac (a common practice of his) and there are a few small abrasions affecting the illustrated panel; the ball is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition and displays beautifully. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $5,629

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