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Lot # 972 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1945 Babe Ruth and Grover Alexander Signed Ball with Original Family Provenance!

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,851.25

This official National League (Frick) ball features the rare signature combination of Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Grover Alexander. Alexander's signature, "G. C. Alexander," is scripted in blue ink (grading "6") across the sweet spot in such a manner that a significant portion resides in both adjacent side panels. Alexander has also added the date "9-23-45" in blue ink on the west panel. Ruth's signature, rendered in blue fountain pen (grading "7"), is also located on the west panel, but appears upside down directly below the date. The blue-ink notation "Uncle Pete" appears on the north panel. (Grover Alexander was known as "Pete" by his friends and teammates). Our consignor received this ball many years ago from her aunt, who lived in St. Louis (where Alexander played a number of years). According to the aunt, she and Alexander knew each other (as evidenced by the "Uncle Pete" notation) and during one of their get-togethers he presented her with this ball. There is no oral history regarding the Ruth signature, so it is not clear weather the ball was signed by Alexander and Ruth at the same time, or on separate occasions. Regardless of the exact circumstances of its signing, it is certainly an extremely rare (and possibly unique) pairing of two of the greatest players who ever played the game. Ruth, who was one of the first five inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame, passed away in 1948, while Alexander, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1938, died shortly after Ruth, in 1950. The ball displays moderate wear and is in Very Good condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,851.25


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