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Circa 1957 Satchel Paige Single-Signed Baseball
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,777.50
Rawlings "Miami Marlins" ball signed by legendary Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige. The signature has been scripted in blue ink on a side panel, grading "7." Although many fans are familiar with Paige's brief Major League career between the years 1948 and 1953, few are aware that he continued playing professional ball in the minor leagues. In 1956, after barnstorming for a few seasons, Paige joined the International League Miami Marlins, an AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Ironically, it was Bill Veeck, the man who signed Paige to his first Major League contract in 1948, who brought him to Miami. Veeck owned the Marlins and he signed Paige for $15,000 and a portion of the gate. One thing Veeck knew was how to fill seats, and Paige was one of baseball's greatest all-time draws. (On August 7, 1956, 50,000 fans filled the Orange Bowl to see Paige pitch.) However, Paige was not simply a sideshow attraction. Even at the advanced age of fifty he was still able to get hitters out, a fact attested to by his 11-4 record and 1.86 ERA. Paige followed up his 1956 season with the Marlins by winning ten games and posting a sub 3.00 ERA in each of the following two seasons before leaving Miami due to problems with management (Veeck had sold the team by that time). Obviously, this ball was signed by Paige during his three-year tenure in Miami, making it a particularly rare and significant Paige single dating from his active playing career. The legend of Satchel Paige, both as a player and as a folk hero, transcends the game of baseball, making any single-signed ball desirable to many types of collectors. Paige was the first Negro League player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, in 1971. He passed away in 1982. The ball displays a number of areas of scattered toning and is in Very Good condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,777.50
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