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1933 New York Yankees Team-Signed Baseball With Ruth, Gehrig and Full JSA

Lot Number 318

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Traditions of diamond domination and rivalry blend as the offered autographed baseball stands as one of the most fascinating keepsakes in existence. The ball is an unofficial sphere with alternating green-and-red stitching and a “James W. Brine” manufacturer’s trademark. The sweet spot is home to a stamping that reads: “Longest Home Run ever Hit in Everett – Beacon Oil Benefit – Aug. 9, 1928.” The slugger who delivered that clout was, of course, Babe Ruth. While accounts of the distances of his tape-measure shots may be apocryphal, details of Ruth’s purpose that day are quite real and inspiring. After his Yankees pummeled the last-place Red Sox, 7-1, in Boston, Ruth performed in neighboring Everett to raise money for victims of the Beacon Oil Plant explosion that shook the town the previous February 11. Treasured for its connection to Ruth and his charitable endeavor in a city on which he had long-ago cast an epic “curse,” the ball was preserved and subsequently autographed by members of the 1933 New York Yankees. The orb (grade “5”) still shows prominent stampings and colorful laces. The black-ink steel-tip fountain pen endorsements, meanwhile, average (“7”) strength and clarity, with a few even nicer. Includes: North Panel: Dickey (“5-6”), Ruth (“6-7”), Allen, Jorgens and Lazzeri (“6”); South Panel: Moore (member of Philadelphia Athletics), Fletcher (coach), Walker, Broaca, Gehrig (“7”), Sewell (“7-8”) and Pennock (“5”); West Panel: Combs (“6-7”), MacFayden and Chapman; East Panel: Van Atta and Ruffing (“6”); Reverse Sweet Spot: Gomez (“7”). The signatures were gathered, with high probability, during spring training that year, as Broaca played on the club’s Class AA Newark affiliate that year and did not debut for the parent club until 1934. Rife with superstars, that ’33 Bronx Bombers roster finished second in the A.L. as they paced the circuit in runs (927), home runs (144) and attendance (728,014). Full photo LOA from JSA.

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