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1941-1953 American League Team-Signed Baseball Collection (26)

Starting Bid - $800, Sold For - $3,819

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This collection of twenty-six team signed balls, including many highlights and spanning the years 1941 through 1953, has a unique provenance. Each of these balls originates from the personal collection of Bob Bauman, who was a longtime Major League trainer with both the St. Louis Browns (1937-1953) and St. Louis Cardinals (1954-1988), and has been consigned to this auction directly by his son. (A total of eighty-four team-signed baseballs from the Bauman Collection, offered in twelve separate lots, are featured in this current auction.) Bauman's position and long Major League tenure gave him access to virtually every clubhouse in the league, so it's not surprising that his collection includes team-signed balls from other teams. In our listing for each ball we have duly noted all of the Hall of Fame signatures as well as few additional prominent players (additional detail with reference to the signatures that appear on each ball is provided in the printed catalog). As is common for the time, a number of balls feature "clubhouse" signatures. 1941 Cleveland Indians: Reach “Offical League” ball signed in blue ink (averaging “3/4”) signed by 17 team members, including Peckinpaugh (Mgr., sweet spot) and Keltner. Ex. 1943 New York Yankees (World Champions): OAL (Harridge) ball signed in either blue or black ink (averaging “5/6”) by 28 team members, including McCarthy (Mgr., sweet spot), Combs (coach), Dickey, Gordon, and Keller. There is a tiny area of blue discoloration on a side panel that affects the Combs signature. Ex-Mt. 1945 St. Louis Browns: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “6”) by 28 team members, including Gray. The blue-ink notation “St. Louis Browns 1944,” is written on the ball label. Despite that notation (which is not vintage), the combination of signatures on this ball dates it to 1945. Ex. 1946 Boston Red Sox (American League Champions): ONL (Feeney) ball signed in either blue or black ink (averaging “4/5”) by 20 team members, including Doerr, DiMaggio, and Pesky. Since this is a National League ball, it was most likely obtained by Bauman during the 1946 World Series (the Cardinals defeated the Red Sox in seven games). Light scattered toning. Ex-Mt. 1947 Boston Red Sox: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (nine of the signatures, including Doerr, display bleeding, the remainder average “7/8”) by 25 team members, including Doerr, Combs, and Pesky. “DG” is printed in vintage blue ink on a side panel. Ex. 1948 Boston Red Sox: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in either blue or black ink (averaging “6/7”) by 22 team members including Williams (clubhouse signature, sweet spot), McCarthy (Mgr.), Doerr, Moses, DiMaggio (clubhouse signature), and Pesky. The year “48” is written in vintage blue ink near the sweet spot. Ex-Mt. 1948 St. Louis Browns: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “9”) by 27 team members, including Taylor (Mgr., sweet spot), Priddy, and Garver. “’48”in vintage blue ink on the sweet spot. Ex-Mt. 1948 Detroit Tigers: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in black ink (averaging “6/7”) by 28 team members, including Newhouser (sweet spot), Kell, and Wertz. “S.T.” appears on a side panel and the year (“’48”) is written on the sweet spot.Ex-Mt. 1948 Chicago White Sox: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “9”) by 27 team members, including Appling and Lyons (Mgr.). “48,” and the initials “Bow” in vintage blue ink, respectively, on the ball label and a side panel. Nr-Mt. 1948 Philadelphia Athletics: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “9/10”) by 17 team members including Mack (clubhouse signature, Mgr., sweet spot). The year, “’48,” is written in vintage blue ink near the ball label.Ex-Mt. 1949 Washington Senators: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in either blue or black ink (averaging “8/9”) by 24 team members, including Kuhel (Mgr., sweet spot). Light overall toning. Ex. 1949 St. Louis Browns: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “8/9”) by 23 team members, including Taylor (Mgr., sweet spot). Ex-Mt. 1950 St. Louis Browns: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “6”) by twenty team members, including Taylor (Mgr., sweet spot). Ex-Mt. 1950 Washington Senators: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “6/7”) by 25 team members, including B. Harris (Mgr., sweet spot). Light toning and fading to the manufacturer’s stampings. Ex. 1950 Detroit Tigers: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in black ink (averaging “6/7”) by 27 team members, including Newhouser (sweet spot), Kell, and Rolfe (Mgr.). The team name “St. Louis,” is erroneously written in black ink on a side panel. Ex-Mt. 1950 Chicago White Sox: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in black ink (averaging “7/8”) by 27 team members, including Fox and Appling. Ex-Mt. 1951 Boston Red Sox: OAL (Harridge ball signed in blue ink (averaging “6/7”) by 27 team members, including Williams (clubhouse signature, sweet spot), Doerr, Boudreau, and Combs (coach). Ex-Mt. 1951 Chicago White Sox: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “9”) by 27 team members, including Fox and Richards (Mgr.). Ex-Mt. 1951 Washington Senators: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “8/9”) by 26 team members, including Harris (Mgr., sweet spot). Light scattered toning. Ex. 1952 Boston Red Sox: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in black ink (averaging “8”) by 22 team members, including Boudreau (Mgr., sweet spot), McKechnie (coach, sweet spot), Kell, and DiMaggio. Light overall toning and faded manufacturer’s stampings. Ex. 1952 St. Louis Browns: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “5,” minor bleeding to most of the signatures), including Paige. Ex-Mt. 1952 Detroit Tigers: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in black ink (averaging “8/9”) by 27 team members, including Newhouser (sweet spot), Kell, Lyons (coach), Rolfe (Mgr., first half of season), Hutchinson (player/manager second half of season), Wertz, and Bartell (coach). Ex-Mt. 1952 Washington Senators: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “8”) by 23 team members, including Harris (Mgr., sweet spot), Runnels, and Altrock (coach). “XXX” in vintage blue ink on the ball label. Ex-Mt. 1953 Chicago White Sox: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “7/8”) by 28 team members, including Fox and Minoso (sweet spot). It appears that manager Paul Richards has also signed the ball on the label, but it is faint and barely legible.’53” on the ball label. Ex-Mt. 1953 St. Louis Browns: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “9”) by 25 team members, including Marion (Mgr., sweet spot). Vg-Ex. 1953 Philadelphia Athletics: OAL (Harridge) ball signed in blue ink (averaging “7”) by 22 team members, including Dykes (Mgr., sweet spot). Ex-Mt. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 26 balls. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500+. SOLD FOR $3,819


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