1950 Pittsburgh Pirates Team-Signed Ball with Honus Wagner

Sold For: $940

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1065

Item Year: 1950

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Official National League (Frick) ball signed in blue ink by the following twenty-seven members of the Pittsburgh Pirates: Wagner (coach, sweet spot), Kiner (sweet spot), Queen, Law, Strickland, Schenz, Murtaugh, Holt (coach), Werle, Westlake, Rojek, Chambers, Macdonald, Coogan, Beard, Posedel (coach), Levy (coach), Lombardi, Bell, Meyer (Mgr.), Riddle (coach, on ball label), Phillips, Fernandez, Main, Mueller, Castiglione, and Walsh. Signatures range from "7" to "10," averaging "8." 1950 was Wagner's penultimate season with the Pirates. The legendary "Flying Dutchman" probably spent more time in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform than anyone else before or since. After a long and successful eighteen-year playing career in Pittsburgh (1900-1917), Wagner rejoined the club as a coach in 1930. Extremely popular with both the players and fans, Wagner was a fixture on the Pirates bench for twenty-two years before retiring in 1951 at the age of seventy-seven. Wagner is considered by many to be the greatest shortstop in history, and was one of the first five inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. He passed away in 1955. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain clearly legible and the ball is in Excellent to Mint condition. This is a particularly exceptional Pirates team ball dating from the end of Wagner's illustrious baseball career, with Wagner's signature beautifully displayed on the sweet spot. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $940

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