2019 Summer Premium Live and Catalog Auction Lots 1-82 Close Aug 1- 83-end close 8/10
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Offered here is an exquisite multi-signed Official National League John A. Heydler stamped baseball that has been signed by three of the greatest players of the early 20th century – Christy Mathewson, Lou Gehrig and Frank Frisch. Mathewson, one of the gentlemen of baseball’s early years, signed his name in bold black pen across the sweet spot. Handwritten below his signature is “Sept. 30, 1921”. Fred Lieb organized a Polo Grounds charity game between Giants starters and Giants Old Timers, among them Hall of Famer Roger Bresnahan, Hooks Wiltse and Larry Doyle. Held on September 30, 1921, just before a scheduled Giants/Braves contest, the "Christy Mathewson Testimonial" drew a devoted crowd of 20,000 and raised $45,000 for Matty's cause.

Mathewson was one of the players most responsible for curating baseball’s reputation as a game played by outlaw ruffians into a sport for the sophisticated and elite. In 1903, “Matty” won 30 games for the first time in his career, while leading the league in strikeouts (267), and maintaining an ERA 2.26. His 267 punchouts stood as the National League record for over half a century before another great New York pitcher, Sandy Koufax, eclipsed his vaunted mark.

Known as the Iron Horse and the original holder of baseball’s all-time consecutive games played streak, Gehrig signed his name in bold black pen in his traditional side panel location. Gehrig was arguably the anchor behind the great New York Yankee teams of the late 1920s and 1930s. Before he succumbed to the disease in 1941 that would bear his name, Gehrig finished his career with a hefty .340 batting average, 2,721 hits, 423 home runs, winner of six World Series titles and played in 2,130 consecutive games until that streak was broken in 1995 by Cal Ripken Jr. 

Frisch signed his name on the opposite side panel in black pen. Frisch quickly made himself a fixture on those Hall of Fame loaded New York Giants teams of the 1920s with his fancy fielding and timely hitting. Called the “Fordham Flash” because of his college career, Frisch learned the game at the feet of McGraw, the NL’s greatest manager. Frisch later went on to put McGraw’s wisdom to good use as manager of the famed “Gas House Gang” St. Louis Cardinals of the 1930’s. The baseball is in good condition and displays moderate toning. The stampings on this 1920-24 era Spalding ball are still clear and it has red and blue stitching. This historic baseball comes with a LOA from JSA (BB12283) for the signatures.

Christy Mathewson Signed ONL Heydler Baseball With Lou Gehrig & Frank Frisch (JSA)
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