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Jimmie Foxx carved out a fearsome reputation as one of the most feared sluggers of the 1930’s, despite being often overshadowed by Babe Ruth. “Double X” was the power behind Connie Mack’s famed 1929-1931 dynasty, during which his Philadelphia A’s unseated Ruth’s Murderer’s Row and won back to back World Championships and three pennants. In 1929, Foxx hit .354 with 33 home runs and earned himself a place on the cover of Time Magazine. Three years later he almost topped Babe Ruth with 58 home runs while maintaining a .364 average. He missed the Triple Crown by a precious few points in batting average, but came back and won it the following year, 1933. Four times he led the AL in homers, three times in RBI and twice in batting. Besides his Triple Crown season, Foxx was the AL’s MVP three times and when he retired in 1945 no man had hit more career home runs than him except Babe Ruth. The great slugger later became the manager for the Ft. Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League as well as coaching college and high school ball. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1951 and passed away at the young age of 59 in 1967.

Because of his untimely passing, Jimmie Foxx single-signed balls are among the hardest to obtain of all the 500 Home Run Club members. This one is a particularly stunning example. The signature on this Spalding 174 (HHC) model Babe Ruth League ball is in beautiful condition, the black fiber-tip ink bold against the white leather of the ball. The ball has been given a coat of shellac that has preserved both the signature and the pure white leather. The only slight blemish on this ball is on the opposite sweet spot where the “Official Babe Ruth League” stamp has been rubbed off. This is on the exact opposite side from Foxx’s signature and does not show when displayed. A Hall of Fame-worth ball with tremendous display presence. This ball comes with a LOA from PSA/DNA (AF05588), who have graded Foxx’s signature a NM-MT 8 and a LOA from JSA (X69488).

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