Those who could not get enough of the regular season got their fill when superstars and accompanying big leaguers journeyed to their town. The offered 1946 “Bob Feller’s All-Stars” team-signed baseball with (17) signatures comes from such an event. The dated 10/6/46 Official American Association sphere (“6”) and signatures (average “6-7”) is penned by luminaries such as Sweet Spot: Feller (“5-6”), Chandler (“7”); East Panel: Keller (“7”); North Panel: Rizzuto (“6”) and South Panel: Lemon (“8”). Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
Bob Feller organized an abitious baseball barnstorming tour in 1946, the first to used airplanes as a mode of travel. Feller recruited All-Stars from both leagues for his team, the main opponent being a team of Negro League All-Stars recruited by Satchel Paige. Feller scheduled 35 games to be played in 31 cities in 27 days. The flamethrower leased two DC-3 airplanes, one for each squad.
This ball was signed before the World Series was over. Upon conclusion of the Fall Classic, Stan Musial (National League batting champ) joined the roster.
The first game of the tour was played at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh on September 30, two days after the end of the major league season and one day after the final game of the Colored World Series.
This ball is dated October 6, 1946, in a game that was possibly played in Baltimore;
Sweet Spot: Feller, Chandler; West Panel: Berardino, Heath, Keltner; East Panel: Weisman, unidentified, Keller, Sain; North Panel: Leonard, Rizzuto, Vernon, unidentified, Hayes; South Panel: Chapman, Bearden, Hemsley, Hegan, Lemon