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Lot # 982 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1950s Duffy Lewis Single-Signed Ball

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $533

Reach "Al Dark All Star" ball signed by former Red Sox outfielder Duffy Lewis. Lewis has signed the ball in blue fountain pen on a side panel, with the signature grading "6." The fact that this is an "Al Dark All Star" ball most likely dates it to the mid-to-late 1950s, when Dark was at the peak of his career. This is the first Duffy Lewis single-signed ball we have ever offered and we cannot recall having seen more than one or two others over the years. Duffy Lewis joined the Boston Red Sox in 1910, where he took his place in left field alongside Tris Speaker and Harry Hooper in what is still regarded as the greatest outfield in Boston history (commonly referred to as "The Golden Outfield"). Known primarily for his defense, Lewis was so skilled at playing the fifteen-foot incline at Fenway Park that the slope came to be known as "Duffy's Cliff." Lewis was a member of three of Boston's four World Championship clubs during the teens (1912, 1915, and 1916) and holds the distinction of being the first player to pinch-hit for Babe Ruth. Lewis retired in 1921 and later played and managed in the Pacific Coast League. Following his active playing career, he served as traveling secretary for the Boston Braves from 1935 to 1961. He passed away in 1979 at the age of 91. The ball displays evidence of light toning and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Accompanied by its original box (Gd). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $533

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