Lot # 1595: 1930 Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig 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 fountain pen by 13 members of the 1930 New York Yankees, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Art Fletcher (coach), Harry Rice (twice), Sam Byrd, and Lou McEvoy. Many of the signatures have faded beyond legibility, but fortunately, both the Ruth and Gehrig signatures are two of the strongest on the ball and they appear next to each other on the same side panel. The Ruth signature grades "4," while Gehrig's signature grades "3." The remaining signatures average "1/2." The date, "Sept 22-1930" is written on a side panel in black fountain pen. This ball has a well documented provenance. It, along with another ball offered in this auction, was originally obtained 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 of the International League. (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 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-to-moderate soiling and is in Very Good condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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