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1941 New York Yankees World Champions Reunion Signed Baseball
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,410.00
Dating to the 1966 New York Yankees Old Timers' Day Game (celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1941 championship season), this official American League (Cronin) ball has been signed in blue ink by the following twenty-four members of the 1941 World Champion New York Yankees: Joe McCarthy (Mgr., sweet spot), Joe DiMaggio (sweet spot), Tommy Henrich, Johnny Murphy, Spud Chandler, Red Branch, Marius Russo, Steve Peek, Johnny Sturm, Charlie Keller, Lefty Gomez, Frenchy Bordagarey, Jerry Priddy, Red Rolfe, Buddy Rosar, John Schulte, Charley Stanceu, Phil Rizzuto (on the ball label), Bill Dickey, George Selkirk, Joe Gordan, Frank Crosetti, Earle Combs (coach), and Marv Breuer. The signatures of Hall of Fame shortstop and former American League President Joe Cronin and umpire Babe Pinelli also appear on the ball. Pinelli's signature is most appropriate on this ball as he was the home plate umpire in Game 4 of the 1941 World Series in which Mickey Owen dropped the third strike on Tommy Henrich with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, thus allowing the Yankees to stage a dramatic come-from-behind victory. The vintage blue ink notation "1941 pennant winners" appears on a side panel, while another side panel displays the year, "1966." The black ink notations "Yankees Old Timers" and "1941 Club" appear, respectively, on the ball label and the panel below. This ball originates from the personal collection of former Yankees pitcher Jim Turner and is accompanied by an LOA from his niece attesting to its provenance. Since 1966 was the 25th anniversary of that memorable ball club and it was only natural that the Yankees would invite the 1941 team back "en masse" so that they could be properly honored on Old Timer's Day. This ball is extraordinary in terms of its display value. All of the signatures are fairly uniform in strength, grading "9/10," and the ball is in Excellent to Mint condition. A finer example would be hard to imagine. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,410.00
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