1954 Milwaukee Braves team-signed ball dating from Hank Aaron's rookie season. The official National League (Giles) ball has been signed in blue or black ink by the following 25 team members: Aaron, Mathews, Spahn, Grimm (Mgr., sweet spot), Calderone, Pafko, Crandall, NIchols, Burdette, Buhl, Johnson, Walters (coach), White, Keely (coach), Adcock, Pendelton, Logan, Smalley, Thomson, Koslo, Dittmer, Jolly, Metkovich, O'Connell, and Bruton. A vintage blue-ink notation on a side panel reads "1955 Milwaukee Braves"; however, based upon the names present, the ball conclusively dates to 1954 (both Calderone and Metkovich ended their respective major league careers in 1954; they each played in the PCL in 1955). The signatures range from "4" to "8," averaging "6." Hank Aaron joined the Braves in 1954 as a result of an injury to starting left fielder Bobby Thomson. The twenty-year-old rookie had no problem making the jump from A ball to the Major Leagues and after just a few games it became apparent that Aaron would be a fixture in the Braves outfield for years to come. 1954 Milwaukee Braves team-signed balls are scarce, and this a fine mid-grade example. The ball is lightly toned; otherwise it is in Excellent to Mint condition. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000.
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