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1931 Washington Senators Team-Signed Baseball Including Walter Johnson

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,645.00

Official American League (Barnard) ball signed in black fountain pen by the following twenty-three members of the 1931 Washington Senators: Walter Johnson (Mgr.), Heinie Manush, Joe Cronin, Sam Rice, Firpo Marberry, Bump Hadley, Harry Rice, Carl Fischer, Lloyd Brown, Ossie Bluege (on the ball label), Ray Spencer, Nick Altrock, Joe Judge, General Crowder, Jackie Hayes, Buddy Myer, Sam Jones, Pinky Hargrave, Sam West, Dave Harris (sweet spot), Ed Gharrity (coach, sweet spot), Bob Burke, and Joe Kuhel. Also appearing on the ball is the signature of former Senators pitcher and baseball’s most famous clown, Al Schacht. All of the signatures have been boldly penned, averaging “9,” with the exception of Crowder, Altrock, Kuhel, Gharrity, and Burke (“6/7”). This ball has an interesting history, as related by our consignor: Her great aunt was a member of the secretarial staff for First Lady Lou Henry Hoover. In 1931 each member of the staff was given complimentary tickets for themselves and a friend to attend a Senators game. Our consignor's great aunt, Bea Cruise, took her sister (our consignor's grandmother) to the game, and together they somehow managed to catch a home run ball. (For decades they jokingly argued about who actually caught the ball.) Afterwards, the White House staff members and their guests were introduced to the team and the two women had the ball signed by the players. This is that very ball and it has remained in the family of our consignor for the past seventy-seven years. The ball has been coated with a layer of protective shellac that displays a few minor chips and abrasions (affecting a few of the signatures), otherwise the ball is in Excellent to Mint condition, with all of the manufacturer’s labels bold and legible. Early 1930s team balls are rare, especially those of exceptional quality, displaying signatures as bold as those seen here on this particular example. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,645.00

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