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The yellow ball was an experiment introduced during the first years of night games and used during exhibition games, the first Major League night game was in 1935. The theory was that the yellow ball would be better seen at night, but as lighting systems improved this became merely a quaint notion and ultimately obsolete. This is the only known ball that actually refers in writing to itself as a "Yellow Ball," officially stamped "Frederic Rahr." The ball reads "First Yellow Ball at NYC Columbia vs. Fordham (autographed by the Athletics Manager possibly Brown), April 27th, 1938 Baker Field Andy G___ Coach." Baker Field is at Columbia University and is in use to this day. Well worn with nice patina. As this is the "Game Ball" and because of the unique printing on the ball, this is truly a historic specimen and the only one we have ever seen. While it is sometimes difficult to tell a ball that is merely yellowed form shallac versus a true "yellow night game ball," this is clearly something special as it is definitive. Also, it gives credit to the "inventor" Frederic Rahr.
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