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1950 All-Star Game Program Signed by 53 Participants, Including DiMaggio
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,133
The 1950 All-Star Game, held at Chicago's Comiskey Park on July 11th, marked the first extra-inning game in the history of the midsummer classic, with Red Schoendienst's solo home run in the top of the fourteenth inning giving the National League a hard-fought 4-3 victory. As exciting as the game was, it probably paled in comparison to the thrill experienced by the original owner of the offered program, who somehow managed to obtain the signatures of fifty-two participants in the game. We cannot ever recall seeing a program, be it All-Star, World Series, or regular season, signed by so many players. The fact that it features the signatures of seventeen future Hall of Famers only adds to its appeal. The signatures represented here, all of which appear on the interior, next to or on top of the player's respective image Joe DiMaggio, Casey Stengel (Mgr.), Bill Dickey (coach), Stan Musial, Enos Slaughter, Duke Snider, Red Schoendienst, Robin Roberts, Warren Spahn, Pee Wee Reese, George Kell, Bobby Doerr, Phil Rizzuto, Yogi Berra, Bob Lemon, Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Ferris Fain, Jim Hegan, Jerry Coleman, Allie Reynolds, Tommy Byrne, Cass Michaels, Art Houtteman, Ted Gray, Tommy Henrich, Ray Scarborough, Vic Raschi, Vern Stephens, Dom DiMaggio, Sherm Lollar, Hoot Evers, Walt Dropo, Gil Hodges, John Wyrostek, Don Newcombe, Hank Sauer, Larry Jansen, Preacher Roe, Jim Konstanty, Dick Sisler, Ewell Blackwell, Andy Pafko, Eddie Stanky, Bob Rush, Marty Marion, Willie Jones, Jim Turner (coach), Frankie Crosetti (coach), Burt Shotton (Mgr.), Jake Pitler (coach), and Milt Stock (coach). The signature of Ted Williams in this program is a clubhouse signature. The signatures, which have been penned in a variety of inks, are all boldly scripted, averaging "9/10." The forty-page program displays moderate wear throughout, including minor creases on both covers. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,133
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