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1957 Brooklyn Dodgers Team-Signed Ball - Final Season in Brooklyn!
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,645
Magnificent 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers team ball, representing the team's historic final year in Brooklyn. Adding to the appeal of this ball is the fact that it bears the vintage blue-ink notation "For Pamela Felton - 1957" written on the sweet spot (above Walter Alston's signature). That inscription is in the hand of Happy Felton, the longtime host of the popular Dodger's pregame show "Happy Felton's Knothole Gang." Felton's pregame show was an institution. It ceased production following the Dodgers move from Brooklyn to Los Angles after the 1957 season, but to this day is closely associated with the Dodgers' glory years. Obviously, this ball was personally signed for Felton, who then gave it to one of his relatives, giving this extraordinary final-season-in-Brooklyn signed team ball an all the greater significance. Official National League (Giles) ball signed in blue ink by the following twenty-four members of the historic 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers: Alston (Mgr., sweet spot), Campanella, Snider, Reese, Herman (coach), Koufax, Drysdale, Hodges, Jackson, Erskine, Bessent, Valo, Newcombe, Cimoli, Furillo, Pitler (coach), Becker (coach), Walker, Roebuck, Zimmer, Roseboro, Neal, Podres, and Labine. The signatures are all extremely strong and fairly uniform in grade, averaging "9." This ball represents the end to one of the most storied chapters in baseball history. Following the 1957 season Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley broke the hearts of millions of fans when he moved the club to Los Angeles, California. Although he was vilified for his actions at the time, modern historians have shown that O'Malley did his best to keep the club in Brooklyn but was rebuffed time after time regarding a new stadium site by powerful city official Robert Moses. Frustrated, and with no solution in sight, he was left with no choice but to move the club to greener pastures. Today, O'Malley is credited with advancing the nationwide growth and popularity of Major League Baseball and in 2008 he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game. The ball has an extremely light abrasion on the label and is otherwise in overall Excellent to Mint condition. This is an outstanding example of a particularly significant and rarely offered 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers team-signed baseball. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,645
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