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Tris Speaker single signed baseball was used on October 10, 1920 in Game 5 of the 1920 World Series in Cleveland: the famed Wamby Game. This game is one of the most significant in baseball history, as 3 historic record events took place. It was the first time a grand slam was hit in a World Series (Elmer Smith in the first inning) and the first time a home run was hit by a pitcher in the World Series (Jim Bagby’s 3-run homer in the 4th inning). But the most important and remembered accomplishment was by Cleveland second baseman, Bill Wambsganss. He snared Clarence Mitchell’s liner in the 5th inning, stepped on second to force one runner, and tagged the runner coming in from first to retire the side all by himself. This single feat had never before been accomplished, and has never been repeated in postseason play.
The ball exhibits excellent “vintage” game use and is nicely darkened, as it should be from years of oxidation. The panel signature in black ink, now somewhat faded to brown, goes from dark to light in terms of legibility. The “T” in Tris is quite dark whereas it fades out completely towards the end. There were a couple of other Indians signatures from the game on there as well, but they have for the most part completely faded. The red & blue stitching from this OAL baseball is strong, whereas the Ban Johnson stampings are now nearly gone.
A fan attending this famous game caught this ball in the stands and had it signed by Tris Speaker and a couple of other players. Later it was sold to famed actor, Charlie Sheen. Mr. Sheen misplaced the letter of authenticity for this baseball from the family of the fan, but the lot will include a letter from Mr. Sheen and Lelands attesting to its authenticity and existence of the letter.
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