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1974 Game-Used and Signed Baseball From Nolan Ryan's Third No-Hitter

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,320.00

Game-used baseball from Nolan Ryan's third no-hitter on September 28, 1974, signed by Ryan and consigned directly by the team's ball boy from that season. Ryan's remarkable feat came at the expense of the Minnesota Twins at Anaheim Stadium and, at the time, made him one of only six pitchers in history ever to record three no-hit games. The official American League (MacPhail) ball is appropriately soiled and scuffed, indicative of its game-used status, and has been signed by Ryan in black ink ("6") on a side panel. Below his signature is the vintage black ink notation, written by the ball boy at the time, "9-28-74 No Hitter Vs. Twins." Unlike many game-used balls that have surfaced over the past few years, this ball is exceptional with regard to its provenance. This ball is being consigned directly by Paul Hirsch, the gentleman who served as the Angels ball boy in 1974, and has been saved as a special keepsake by him for the past thirty-two years. Included with the ball is a notarized letter from Paul Hirsch that reads "To Whom It May Concern: I was the ball boy for the 1974 California Angels, and as such was responsible for keeping track of baseballs during the games. On September 28, 1974, Nolan Ryan was in the midst of his third no hitter and I wanted a souvenir. Late in the game, one of the Twins fouled a ball into the screen and when I retrieved it I put it in my pocket instead of in the discard bag. Following the game in the clubhouse I asked Ryan to autograph the ball. Our lockers were about 20 feet apart. This is the ball that was placed up for bid with Robert Edward Auctions. I am in the front row of the 1974 Angels team picture as it appears in the 1975 Sporting News Official Baseball Guide on page 42. I am listed as the ball boy in that picture. I also have a picture of myself with Nolan Ryan that I would be happy to fax to you. We are both in our Angels uniforms. I hope the ball provides its new owner with as many years of enjoyment as it has me. Congratulations." As amazing as Ryan's feat of three no-hitters was, even more remarkable is the fact that he recorded four more during his career. Today, his total of seven no-hitters is among a small number of records that will most likely never be broken. Authentic game-used baseballs from historic games are both desirable and scarce, and rarely come with the ideal provenance as accompanies this ball: notated at the time, signed by Ryan at the time, and consigned directly from the on-field ball boy working the game that historic day. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,320.00

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