1937 Ted Williams Earliest Home Run Baseball
Legendary treasure is the earliest known Ted Williams home run baseball available on the market. Dates back to August 31, 1937 - San Diego, California. Signed, as a young slugging outfielder for the San Diego Padres, after he hit the game-saving home run off of Frank Lamanske of the San Francisco Seals (of the Pacific Coast League). The home run would be The Kid’s 18th of the 1937 season. The ball has been inscribed as “18 HOMER 8/31/1937” on one panel, “San Diego 4 Seals 2 8/31/1937” on the other. The headlines in the Union Tribune sports section the following day would read: “PADRES BEAT SEALS, 4-2; T. WILLIAMS HITS HOMER, SAVES GAME”. A vintage signature was obtained from Ted Williams after the game and sits on the panel. That signature is almost completely faded, but when Teddy Ballgame was presented with this ball and accompanying history just a couple of years ago, he couldn’t refuse signing it again right on the sweet spot! The clincher is that the person who owned this ball stored it in a wooden dresser until it was discovered by his grandson in 1997. That young man, a native with roots in San Diego wrote Teddy a detailed letter describing the history of this ball, hoping to get it signed again. Blue ink signature is very dark, but broken in a few spots towards the end due to scuffing from poor storage. Ball shows its age with staining and toning throughout (uneven, due to the original game use). So there you have it, the earliest home run ball available on the market today, emanating from the greatest hitter in the history of the Major Leagues. Comes with LOA from Ted Williams Family Enterprises as well as the original signed letter to Ted Williams from the young man who got the second signature. Also included are copies of the Union Tribune from 9/1/1937.
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