Lot 1047: Official Reach American League (Ban Johnson) baseball signed in ink on the sweet spot and side panels by an extraordinary assemblage of baseball legends, including: Babe Ruth (ss), Miller Huggins, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Urban Shocker, Tony Lazzeri, Frank Frisch, Waite Hoyt, Dutch Ruether, Bennie Bengough, Bob Shawkey, Roy Chesterfield, Virgil Davis, and one other. This baseball bears some of the rarest autographs from the most collectible team of all-time—in addition to the always-desirable Ruth on the sweet spot, Huggins and Shocker are especially rare; Chesterfield, Davis, and Ferrell are also practically never seen, since they were cut from the team during spring training. While he was not a member of the Yankees, Alexander is also quite difficult to find—he and Frisch both played for the St. Louis Cardinals, who defeated the Yankees during the 1926 World Series. The Yankees then matched up against the Cardinals for seven exhibition games during spring training in 1927, which must have been when these signatures were obtained.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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