Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/12/2014

It is perhaps the greatest baseball team ever to play the game. The 1927 New York Yankees boasted six Hall of Famers, along with Urban Shocker who likely would be a HOFer if not for a congenital heart ailment which ended his career and his life in 1928. The ’27 Yankees would be known as Murderers Row, and after winning the American League by an astounding 19 games, swept the Pittsburgh Pirates to win their second World Series. The Pirates were led by the legendary brother duo of Paul and Lloyd Waner, and the Pirates were a small ball team who relied on hitting singles and doubles, getting on base, and moving runners along to score runs. It was quite a contrast to the might of the Yankees lineup, as Ruth out-homered the entire Pirates team and Gehrig almost did!

There is a legendary story which tells the prowess and might of those ’27 Yankees. Before the first game was played, the Yankees were taking batting practice with batter after batter slugging balls deep into the power alleys and over the fences. It has been told the Pirates were so shook up over that display of power; their hearts were never really into the series. Ruth alone drove in seven runs, and the Pirates scored just 10 runs total. This Official American League Ban Johnson baseball contains 16 black fountain pen signatures (“4-6” a couple lesser) from that World Series wining Murderers Row team. The ball itself is off-white, almost a misty light grey, similar to the slightly overcast sky during a fall afternoon World Series game. The stampings are very bold, and despite a few light scrapes (one which lightly encompass the Ruth signature), the ball appears to have had very little intended use. The desirable blue and red stitching and other signature stampings definitively date this ball to the referenced period. The sweet spot contains, who else, but “Babe” Ruth (“6”), who is surrounded by the balance of that squad. These include the names of Joe Dugan, Bob Shawkey, Pat Collins, Johnny Grabowski, Mark Koenig, Urban Shocker, Earl Combs, Ray Morehart, Dutch Ruether, Lou Gehrig (“5”), Waite Hoyt, Miller Huggins(clubhouse), Herb Pennock, Tony Lazzeri and Bob Meusel. With all the major players involved this is a tremendous opportunity to add to your World Series team baseball collection, one of greatest teams of all time – the vaunted 1927 New York Yankees. Please note that JSA has informed us that the Miller Huggins is clubhouse. This is reflected on the LOA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,747.50
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
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