Lot # 1594: 1930 Babe Ruth Signed Baseball - JSA

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2020",
which ran from 7/24/2020 12:00 PM to
8/16/2020 6:00 PM

Official National/International League (Knappe) ball signed in black or blue fountain pen by Babe Ruth and 26 members of the 1930 Buffalo Bisons of the International League. Ruth's signature, scripted in blue ink grades "5/6"overall, but it appears directly upon the International League label, which affects the contrast. Included among the Bisons signatures are those of twelve players who either previously or later played in the Major Leagues: Jim Cooney (player/manager), Al Moore, Fred Fussell, Heinie Mueller, Art Mills, Bill Kelly, Al Moore, John Wilson, Ollie Sax, Leon Williams, Dave Danforth, and Chick Hawks. Signatures range from "5" to "9," averaging "6/7." The date, "Sept 21-1930" is written on the National League label panel in black fountain pen. That date is obviously in error by one day, because this ball has a well documented provenance. It, along with another ball offered in this auction, was originally obtained on September 22, 1930, by Joe Brown, who was the groundskeeper at Offermann Stadium in Buffalo, New York. (Offermann Stadium was home to the Bisons from 1924-1960.) The Yankees traveled to Buffalo on September 22, 1930, to play an exhibition game against the Buffalo Bisons. (The Bisons had concluded their regular season one day earlier). Afterwards, Brown gave the ball to the son of Buffalo Evening News sportswriter, Cy Kritzer, in whose possession it has remained until now. Ruth and Lou Gehrig, of course, were the main attractions that day and neither disappointed the fans, as Ruth went 5 for 6 with two home runs, and Gehrig had three hits in the Yankees' 16-3 win. Their exploits were reported the following day in the Buffalo Evening News: “The homer king [Ruth] lifted two of the longest four-ply smashes ever chronicled at Bison stadium as he assembled five hits in six times at the plate.  The first homer came in the fourth stanza with the bases clogged and the second arrived in the last inning, a towering blow that sailed as high as but a little to the left of the scoreboard, landing atop the roof of a house facing Woodlawn avenue. . . . Lou Gehrig shared the honors with Ruth as he registered three of the most vicious line drive hits of the game.” The ball, which features an "Official National League" stamping on the sweet spot and an "Official International League" stamping on the opposite sweet spot, displays light soiling and a small area of discoloration on a side panel. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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