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The Pride of the Yankees Signed Ball with Ruth, Cooper, Brennan, and Wright
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,231
We have titled this lot as a The Pride of the Yankees signed ball due to the fact that it features the signatures of Babe Ruth (grading "5") and Bill Dickey, both of whom played themselves in the movie, as well as the three principal stars of the film: Gary Cooper ("Lou Gehrig"), Teresa Wright ("Eleanor Gehrig"), and Walter Brennan ("Sam Blake"). The ball also displays the signatures of twelve other Major League players from the era, none of whom, as far as we know, had a direct connection to the picture. The remaining signatures on the ball are those of Honus Wagner, Connie Mack (mostly on the sweet spot), Ki Ki Cuyler, Oscar Vitt, Stan Hack, Dom Dallessandro (sweet spot), Lou Stringer, Jake Mooty, Dick Spalding, "Peanuts" Lowery, Lou Novikoff, and Pete Coscarart. Abrasions on one of the side panels have obscured three additional signatures and a fourth signature (on a different side panel) is illegible. The Pride of the Yankees, which was the life story of Yankees great Lou Gehrig, was released in 1942 to rave reviews and is still considered one of the finest baseball movies ever made. While we will never know for certain, it is possible that this ball was obtained at the premier of the movie, which would have certainly been attended by many ballplayers as well as celebrities. Regardless of its origin, it remains an intriguing signed baseball relating to one of the most beloved baseball movies of all time. All of the signatures have been scripted in black fountain pen and range from "5" to "8," averaging "7." The ball is lightly soiled and displays a heavy abrasion on one side panel as well as a few lesser abrasions on the remaining five panels. The manufacturer's stampings are light but legible. In Very Good condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,231
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