Red-and-black stitched Harwood "Official League" ball signed by Roger Peckinpaugh and Bill Wambsganss. Each player has scripted his name in blue fountain pen (grading "7") on the same side panel, with Wambsganss signing his name "Bill Wamby." A black-ink notation, reading "Jersey City (Skeeters) vs. House of David" is written across the sweet spot. Jersey City was a minor league team that played in the International League from 1912 to 1933, while the House of David was a famous barnstorming team from the era. As far as we know, neither Peckinpaugh nor Wambsganss had any official connection to either Jersey City or the House of David. Despite the mystery this ball presents, it is still an outstanding pairing of two famous players, each of whom holds a special distinction in the annals of baseball history. In 1914 Peckinpaugh, at the age of twenty-three, became the youngest manager in Major League history when he took over the helm of the New York Yankees in mid season. Wambsganss' fame came a few years later during the 1920 World Series, when he made the first and only unassisted triple play in Series history. The ball is moderately soiled, but all of the manufacturer's stampings remain bold and legible. In Very Good condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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