World War II & Baseball Memorabilia Collection 
Lot Number 233
 
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Description

Please note: The collection is from Jim Schwendeman, not John, as it states in the catalog

Presented is an amazing chronicle of American history with a cross section of baseball and World War II in the form of original photographs, fourteen team-signed baseballs and a plethora of articles and ephemera. This massive collection includes a multitude of items from the estate of Jim Schwendeman, the umpire in a game in Hawaii in 1945 that featured American League and National League Stars including marine Ted Williams and seamen first class Stan Musial. Included are (14) baseballs with (227) signatures spread among them with (3) Musial, (2) “Schoolboy” Rowe (d.1961) and (2) Billy Herman (d.1992). Also included is a poem signed by nine people including Bill Dickey (d.1993, “9”), a 6-1/2 x 5 black and white photo of the American League stars (with Williams) from that 1945 game with information tag (FR), a 6-1/2 x 5 black and white photo of the National League stars (with Musial) with informational tag (FR), (2) unused scorecards from the All-Star affair (both EX), (2) programs from the game (EX), (4) Navy-related sports programs, (11) original photographs (mostly PR to GD) and (7) pieces of ephemera about the All-Star game. This unique compilation of baseball and World War II offers the collector more than just autographs and images; it offers a piece of American history. Autographs come with COA from James Spence Authentications. For a complete listing of all the signatures on the baseballs and the condition of each sphere, please visit our website.

1945 American League Stars: (22) signatures (mostly “5-7”) on a Goldsmith 97 Official League ball (“5”)
Sweet Spot: Rollie Hemsley (d.1972), Billy Marks;
North Panel: Jack Conway (d.1993), Johnny Pesky, Mickey McGowan (d.2003), Sherry Robertson (d.1970),
South Panel: Ken Sears (d.1968), Al Lyons (d.1965), Ed McGah (d.2002), Joe Glenn (d.1985), Bob Lemon (d.2000), George Staller (d.1992), Barney Lutz, Russ Messerly;
East Panel: Packy Rogers (d.1998), Luman Harris (d.1996), Fred Hutchinson (d.1964), Jack Phillips (d.1958), Bob Kennedy (d.2005);
West Panel: Dick Wakefield (d.1985) and Lou Tost (d.1967)

1945 National League Stars: (22) signatures (mostly “4-6”) on a Goldsmith 97 Official League ball (“4”)
Sweet Spot: Billy Herman (d.1992);
North Panel: Ray Hamrick, Bill Barnacle, Bobby Coombs (d.1991), Whitey Platt (d.1970);
East Panel: Ray Lamanno (d.1994), Max Wilson (d.1977), Henry Schenz (d.1988), Lou Tost (d.1967), Bob Scheffing (d.1985);
West Panel: Herman Franks, Stan Musial (“3”), Wes Livengood (d.1996), Clyde Shoun (d.1968), Dick West (d.1996) and Gil Brack (d.1960)

1945 Hawaii/Navy Ball – Hand Painted: art by LT. Topper - (23) signatures (mostly “3-5”) on a Rawlings Official League ball (“4”)
with Major Leaguers - Stan Musial, Clyde Shoun, John McCarthy, Billy Herman, Lou Tost, Herman Franks, Bob Scheffing, Bobby Coombs, Ray Lamanno, Charlie Gilbert, Wes Livengood, Dee Moore, Henry Schenz, Dick West and Ray Yochin;

1945 Hawaii/Navy Ball – Hand Painted: art by LT Topper - (11) signatures (mostly “5”) on a Rawlings Official League ball (“5-6”)
with one Major Leaguer – Bob Usher;

1945 Hawaii/Navy Ball – Hand Painted: art by LT Topper - (11) signatures (mostly “5”) on a Rawlings Official League ball (“5-6”)
with Major Leaguers – 1945 Hawaii/Navy Ball: (17) signatures (mostly “6-7”) on a Double Header ball (“5”)
with Major Leaguers – Stan Musial, Ray Lamanno, Mickey McGowan, Harry “Cookie” Lavagetto (d.1990) and Wes Livengood;

1945 Hawaii/Navy Ball: (17) signatures (mostly “5-6”) on a Double Header ball (“5”)
with Major Leaguers – Wimpy Quinn (d.1954), Nippy Jones (d.1995), Aubrey Epps (d.1984) and Dee Moore (d.1997);

1945 Hawaii/Navy Ball: (10) signatures (mostly “7”) on a Double Header ball (“5”)
with Major Leaguers – Herman Franks, Ed Weiland (d.1971), Ray Hamerick, John McCarthy;

1945 Hawaii/Navy Ball: (12) signatures (mostly “5-7”) on a Goldsmith 97 Official League ball (“5”)
with Major Leaguers – Henry Schenz, Ed McGah and Clyde Shoun;

1945 Hawaii/Navy Ball: (14) signatures (mostly “4-6”) on a OAL Harridge ball (“3”)
with Major Leaguers - Schoolboy Rowe (d.1961, on the sweet spot), Lou Tost, Joe Glenn, Charlie Gilbert (d.1983), Bill Lee (d.1977), Packy Rogers, Bob Scheffing and Ken Sears;

1945 Hawaii/Navy Ball: (22) signatures (mostly “5-7”) on a Goldsmith 97 Official League ball (“5”)
with Major Leaguers - Herman Franks, Billy Herman, Dick West, Henry Schenz, Lou Tost, Whitey Platt, Bob Scheffing, Ray Yochim (d.2002), Wimpy Quinn, Dee Moore, Bobby Coombs, Ray Lamanno, Stan Musial, Max Wilson, Wes Livengood, Clyde Shoun and Gil Brack;

1945 Hawaii/Navy Ball: (22) signatures (mostly “5-7”) on a Goldsmith 97 Official League ball (“4”)
with Major Leaguers – Lum Harris, Ken Sears, Al Lyons, Ed McGah, George Staller, Johnny Pesky, Ned Harris (/d1976), Mickey McGowan, Joe Glenn, Sherry Robertson, Dick Wakefield, Bob Kennedy and Rollie Hemsley;

1948 Chicago White Sox ball: with (23) signatures (mostly “2”) on a Reach baseball (“5”) with Ted Lyons (d.1986, “3”);

The last baseball is a red-and-blue stitched baseball signed by Jim Schwendeman (side panel) and dated May 5, 1940. The sweet spot Schwendeman printed, ”This ball was used in the first game I umpired in the MUNY League – May 5, 1940.” The ball grades a (“3”) and the signatures grades a (“5”). 
 
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