The Harold Klug Collection of Baseball Autographs and Memorabilia
As the team batboy, Harold Klug had a clubhouse view of the 1954 Cleveland Indians and first-hand access to a Tribe's worth of memorabilia. A '54 Indians-signed half bat (EX) and another balck bat with carved autographs (EX) are among the heavy hitters. An oversized mounted team photo (NRMT) is signed by the Indians, who won 111 games yet lost the World Series to the New York Giants. Notice in the 24- by 20-inch black and white portrait that the Indians were among the most racially mixed teams of the time, and also had a Jewish player, Al Rosen, the '53 MVP. Other items in this Cleveland cache include 1954 Christmas cards from many of the Indians, programs highlighted by one from the '54 Series (in which Willie Mays made his famous over-the-shoulder catch off Vic Wertz) and news clippings. One of two scrapbooks contains a typed letter from team executive Hank Greenberg, the Tigers' Hall of Famer, congratulating Harold on his selection. As if that were not enough, team-signed baseballs come from all corners of the majors. All (NRMT) are official balls in their original bags and contain an average of 26 signatures, with the keys unless noted. They are from the 1953 Dodgers (no Jackie), White Sox, Red Sox, Indians (3), Yankees (blazer with Mantle on the sweet spot), Athletics and Senators. Also, the '54 Tigers (Kaline rookie), Indians (3, two EX and one NRMT-MT), All Stars (Jackie, Campy, Hodges), World Champion Giants (Durocher is a real sig. not a stamp as usaually seen, Mays EX-MT), plus four miscellaneous balls (one of which is clubhouse signed). What a catch, Harold!
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