1933 New York Yankees Autographed Baseball with (31) Signatures including Ruth and Gehrig 
Lot Number 290
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On April Fool’s Day 1933, the defending World Champion New York Yankees ventured to Memphis, Tennessee to play the hometown Chicks of the Southern Association in an exhibition game. Although the mighty pinstripers conquered the American League, they could not best the upstart minor leaguers, as the Chicks proved victorious by a 5-4 margin. Following the game, a formal banquet was held and an impromptu autograph session ensued. Presented is a 1933 New York Yankees/Memphis Chicks signed baseball that includes (31) signatures highlighted with the mighty “Bambino,” Gehrig and a host of other Hall of Famers. Signatories include 1933 New York Yankees: Sweet Spot: Ruth (d.1948, “6”); West Panel: Chapman (d.1993, “5”), Pipgras (d.1986, “3”); East Panel: Combs (d.1986, “4”), Gehrig (d.1941, “4”), Cooke (d.1987, “4”), J. Sewell (d.1990, “4”), Pennock (d.1948, “4”); North Panel: McCarthy (clubhouse), Lary (d.1983, “3”), Crosetti (d.2002, “4”), Ruffing (d.1986, “4”), Gomez (d.1989, “4”), Dickey (d.1993, “3”), Farrell (d.1966, “4”); 1933 Memphis Chicks: East Panel: Gardner (“4”, owner); North Panel: Bell (“4”), Watkins (“3”, co-owner); South Panel: Berges (“3”), Prothro (d.1971, manager, “4”), A. Reese (d.1966, “3”), Chiozza (d.1971, “3”) and Culbert (“3”). Approximately 9-10 signatures are unreadable. The period scripts are placed on a red-and-blue stitched ONL Heydler baseball. Although the sphere is extensively soiled, toned and reveals a variety of abrasions, the key signatures are barely affected. Above Ruth’s autograph, the notation “To our friend Dr. T.W. Schoen” is inscribed. As recorded in the accompanying framed newspaper clippings from 1969, Schoen was a former Yankees team trainer and long time confidant to many of the players. He eventually gave the ball to his personal nurse, and it remained in her family as a treasured keepsake for decades. This “prized possession” garnered much attention in New Albany, Mississippi, as the local newspaper devoted a story surrounding the history of the ball. It is truly a feat to find such an important signed baseball with the preponderance of pinpoint documentation this one has. With the exception of the clubhouse McCarthy, the signatures on this historic sphere with incredible provenance come with an auction COA from James Spence Authentications. 
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