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Joe Wood Single-Signed Ball

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $420

Huber "Official 1 League" ball signed in blue ink (grading "8," with light bleeding) by Joe Wood. "Smokey Joe" Wood was one of the greatest pitchers of the early twentieth century. He enjoyed his finest season in 1912 when he won a league-high 34 games (versus only 5 defeats), and then another three in the World Series, to help lead Boston to its first of four World Championships during the decade. Unfortunately, an arm injury cut short his promising pitching career, but he then enjoyed a number of fine seasons as an outfielder with the Cleveland Indians. Today, he will forever be immortalized as one of the ballplayers interviewed by Lawrence Ritter in his classic baseball book, The Glory of Their Times. While not elected to the Hall of Fame, Wood was a major star in his short but brilliant career, and there are many who feel he is deserving of the honor. Though he lived until 1984 and was an accommodating signer, single-signed balls are scarce and we have seen very few Joe Wood signed balls over the years. This is the first Joe Wood single-signed ball we have ever offered. Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $420

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