When Roger Maris signed this team ball his future looked bright but no one could have foreseen the dramatic impact he would have on the game in just a few short years. This 1957 Cleveland Indians team-signed ball dates from Roger Maris’ rookie season and features the blue-ink signatures of thirty-two team members, including Maris. The signatures featured on this official American League (Harridge) ball are those of Maris (“8," on the ball label), Williams, Wynn, Farrell (sweet spot, Mgr.), Garcia, Tomanek, Colavito, Altobelli, Kress (coach), Avila, Mossi, Score, Pitula, Wertz, Carrasquel, Narleski, Nixon, Hegan, Woodling, Harder (coach), Smith, Daley, Stanky (coach), Strickland, and Gray. (The signature of Bob Lemon that appears on a side panel has been deemed a "clubhouse" version by JSA.) Signatures range from "5" to "9," averaging "8." Maris appeared in 116 games with the Indians in 1957, batting .235 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI. Those numbers hardly hinted at his future accomplishments, which would include two consecutive MVP Awards with the Yankees and his now legendary record-setting home run performance of 1961. The manufacturer's stampings are very light; otherwise the ball is in Near Mint condition. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+.
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