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Lot # 945 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1942 The Pride of the Yankees Signed Baseball Including Babe Ruth and Gary Cooper

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $7,050.00

Highlighted by an extremely bold signature of Babe Ruth, the ball presented here has a special significance to the 1942 film The Pride of the Yankees. A similar signed ball was presented to each member of the cast and film production team as a special keepsake. This is an incredible signed baseball commemorating what many consider to be the finest baseball film ever made. The Pride of the Yankees , produced in 1942 by MGM, portrayed the life of Lou Gehrig and starred Gary Cooper in the title role. Also appearing in the film, as himself, was Babe Ruth. This ball, presented to the film's cinematographer Rudy Mate, features the black fountain-pen signatures of both Cooper and Ruth, as well as other significant individuals involved with the film. The Spalding "Official League Ball" features the name "Rudy Mate" painted in black along the sweet spot, below which is written, "With Appreciation." Eleanor Gehrig, Lou's widow, has signed the ball on the sweet spot below the dedication. The signatures of Ruth ("grading "7/8") and Cooper ("4/5") appear on the same side panel, along with that of Bill Dickey ("6/7"). Another side panel displays the signatures of director Sam Wood ("6") and producer Sam Goldwyn ("7/8"). The third signature panel features the signatures of actor Walter Brennan ("10"), who played sportswriter Sam Blake, and former Major League star Babe Herman ("9"), a technical advisor on the film. Rudy Mate was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the film. All told, the film received eleven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and won the Academy Award for Film Editing. This is an exceptional signed ball and one that has great appeal to collectors in both the fields of baseball and movie memorabilia. The ball has a small mounting hole on the ball label (where it was once mounted to an ink blotter as originally presented) and is lightly toned, otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $7,050.00


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