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Lot # 947 (of 1560)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1933 Washington Senators Team-Signed Ball

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,293

Official American League (Harridge) ball signed in blue fountain pen by the following twenty-three members of the American League Champion Washington Senators: Rice, Goslin, Manush (sweet spot), Cronin (Mgr., sweet spot), Berg (sweet spot), Bleuge, Bolton, McColl, Whitehill (on the ball label), Crowder (twice, one is partially on the ball label), Kerr, T. Thomas, Russell, Harris, Burke, Chapman, Myer, Boken, Sewell, Kuhel, Weaver, Schulte, and Altrock (coach). The signatures range from “4” to “7,” averaging “5/6.” The Senators lost the World Series to the Giants in five games in 1933, but little did anyone realize at the time that it would mark the final World Series appearance for the franchise while in Washington (the Senators moved to Minnesota in 1961). In addition to the four Hall of Fame signatures, this ball is noteworthy for the inclusion of backup catcher Moe Berg’s signature. Although he was not a star player, Moe Berg is famous today for his role as a spy during his playing days with the Washington Senators, and after his playing days, throughout World War II. Though rarely mentioned, it is a virtual certainty that he was placed with Washington specifically so he could be close to intelligence agency headquarters, which of course were located in Washington. All of the manufacturer’s stampings remain bold and legible, and the ball is in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,293

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