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1955 World Series Home Run Ball Hit by Carl Furillo
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,666
Offered here is a unique souvenir from the 1955 World Series between the Yankees and Dodgers: a home-run ball off the bat of Carl Furillo in Game 1 of the Series at Yankee Stadium. Furillo's leadoff home run in the top of the second inning off of Whitey Ford staked the Dodgers to an early 1-0 lead and marked his second career World Series home run. Furillo tallied two other hits in the game, but it was all for naught as the Yankees rallied for a 6-5 victory. Furillo and the Dodgers, of course, would have the last laugh, as they finally defeated their crosstown rivals in seven games, thereby capturing the club's first and only World Championship in Brooklyn. The provenance for this ball can be found in the vintage handwritten notations upon it, as well as a notarized letter from the granddaughter of the original owner, who was a Yankee Stadium employee. The official American League (Harridge) ball is neatly lettered "Home Run/Ball Hit By/Carl Furillo/World Series/Game 1/1955," in black paint on a side panel. Accompanying the ball is a notarized one-page typed-signed letter from Shannon Ferguson, dated May 18, 1994, in which she attests to its history. In full:
To whom it may concern: This letter is to verify that my grandfather, Earl Ferguson, worked at Yankee Stadium, from years 1944-1958. I received from him this baseball which was hit by Carl Furillo in the first game of the 1955 World Series. It was past [sic] on to me, by my grandfather, and has been in my possession for over ten years now.
The ball itself is moderately soiled and is consistent with that of a game-used ball. Obviously, there is a leap of faith with all such home-run balls, especially since no employee of REA was present on that day to corroborate the account of the letter. However, given the story, the notarized letter from the family, the vintage lettering on the ball, and the nature of the ball itself, it seems to us, at least, that the leap required here is small and that this ball is almost certainly exactly what it is purported to be: a Carl Furillo home-run ball from the historic 1955 World Series. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,666
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