Incredible Early 1940s Baseball Signed by Ruth, Wagner, Johnson, Mack, Collins and Sisler
The only thing that could possibly make this ball signed by some of the greatest baseball names of the 1st half of the 20th Century -- featuring the greatest of 'em all smack dab on the sweet spot -- any better is a great story and a great cause backing it up. And this historic horsehide has both. The spectacular sphere is an OAL (Harridge) ball signed by Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, Connie Mack, Eddie Collins and George Sisler -- as distinguished a group as has ever appeared on any item of memorabilia. The story behind it takes us back to America during WWII, when celebrities like movie and sports stars were enlisted for war-bond drives across the country. Baseball did its part by offering up these mega-stars to head up all-star games held at Yankee Stadium in '42 and the Polo Grounds in '43. In both of these games, the highpoint was when the great Bambino batted against the Big Train -- and blasted a homer in each game. This ball was likely signed at one of the two events, since all those who inked it were present at the games, though they conceivably could have signed it at a Shibe Park event in '44 to celebrate Mack's 50th anniversary as a manager, when they also were all present. The signatures are in blue pen, save for Mack's in black pen. Ruth, whose marker grades a "9", towers literally and figuratively over the others. Among the rest, Wagner and Johnson are the most readable, rating 7's, while Sisler's is light (6), Mack's last name is somewhat rubbed off (4) and Collins' is very faded (3). All, however, are readable, and in any condition their group presence is unspeakably rare. The ball itself is evenly toned with the subtlest of soiling, and rates VG-EX. A collector's dream ball - period!
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