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Bill McGowan & Walter Johnson Signed Baseball

Bill McGowan & Walter Johnson Signed Baseball

One is the Hall of Fame umpire who worked the first All-Star game in Major League history (1933) and 2,541 consecutive games. The other is the Hall of Fame sidearm hurler with the fastest fastball in the game, otherwise known as “Big Train.” Together on this antique-looking OAL (Harridge) baseball makes for one highly desirable piece of baseball Americana. McGowan is also remembered for taking away Lou Gehrig’s 47th homer in 1931 to deny Gehrig sole ownership of the home run title. Instead, Gehrig would finish with 46 on the season, tying with one other player in the league for the most that year (Babe Ruth). A wonderful light tone covers the surface, giving the ball a lustrous hue. Lightly shellacked over the signatures. Stampings are clearly legible.

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