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George Sosnak "1951 All-Star Game - Briggs Stadium" Hand-Painted Ball
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $8,888
Elaborate folk-art tribute ball, hand-painted by former minor-league umpire George Sosnak (1922-1992), commemorating the 1951 All-Star Game held at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. The National League, on the strength of four home runs, defeated the American League 8-3 in the 1951 midsummer classic. Dodgers' first baseman Gil Hodges, who was responsible for one of the National League's four home runs, is featured in the lone side-panel illustration, while nearly every inch of the remaining surface area features Sosnak's meticulous hand-painted lettering. The text provides copious information regarding the game, including box scores 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 it remains in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $8,888
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