1964 New York Yankees Team Signed Photo
For Yankee collectors, there are themes of both pride and paradise lost in this splendid team shot of the '64 Bombers signed by every player, coach and even the trainer and the two batboys. This may be the best and certainly the most complete team photo we've ever seen of the last pennant-winners of the Yankees' dynasty that really never ended from the Twenties and on until Mickey Mantle got old and Roger Maris forgot how to hit home runs. The M&M Boys are of course the riveting faces in the photo, both in the bottom row, the Mick 3rd from the right, Maris 2nd from left. The cause celebre of that season, however, wasn't any superstar but the bespectacled 2nd string shortstop Phil Linz, whose harmonica playing on the team bus during a July losing streak caused manager Yogi Berra to freak out, after which the team hardly lost -- until going down to the Cardinals in the World Series, making Yogi a one-term manager. Other key players include Whitey Ford, Elston Howard, Joe Pepitone, Tony Kubek, Bobby Richardson, Clete Boyer, and pubescent looking future author Jim Bouton. Signatures are in pen and NRMT, as is the crystal clear 14 1/2 x 19" photo, mounted within a pristine white board and preserved under glass in a black and gold frame sized to an overall 22 x 26". There went the Yankees.
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