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Lot # 1113 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Roger Maris Single-Signed Batting Practice Ball from the Day of His 61st Home Run

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,644

Not everyone can be Sal Durante, for sure. But he wasn't the only fan to obtain a ball during the October 1, 1961, game at Yankee Stadium in which Roger Maris hit his record 61st home run against the Boston Red Sox. Not by a long shot. This ball, of course, is not Maris' 61st home run ball, famously caught by Sal Durante. But it may be as close as we will ever see. Hours before Durante made his historic grab, another fan made a much less celebrated catch of a ball off the bat of Red Sox rookie Carl Yastrzemski during batting practice. Offered here is that very ball that was then later signed by Maris in blue ink (grading "9") on the sweet spot. All of the provenance for this official American League (Cronin) ball is to be found solely within the various neatly printed blue-ink notations that adorn each of the four side panels. Panel One: "Carl Yastrzemski Hit This Ball In Practise [sic]." Panel Two: "Roger Maris 61st Blast Beat The Red Sox 1-0 Oct. 1st 1961." Panel Three: "Roger Maris Rapped His 61st Bomb In This Game." Panel Four: Rajah's Blast Was The Yankees 240 Home Run {A New Record}." The ball displays light soiling, indicative of having been used on the field, and is in overall Excellent condition. This is a fascinating, unique, and extremely unusual memento from the game in which Roger Maris forever etched his name into the annals of baseball history, made all the more desirable by the fact that Maris has signed it. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,644


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