1960 New York Yankees American-League Champions Team-Signed Ball

Sold For: $588

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1080

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Spalding "Yankees" souvenir ball signed in varying shades of blue ink by the following twenty-five members of the 1960 American-League Champion New York Yankees: Mantle (clubhouse signature, sweet spot), Berra (sweet spot), Maris, Ford, Skowron, Richardson, Kubek, Boyer, Lopez, Howard, McDougald, Cerv, Hadley, Blanchard, DeMaestri, Ditmar, Terry, Turley, Grba, Maas, Arroyo, Shantz, Stafford, Duren, and Coates (coach). 1960 was an interesting year in New York Yankees history. The season began with the arrival of new right fielder Roger Maris, who went on to win the first of two consecutive MVP Awards, and ended with the unceremonious dismissal of manager Casey Stengel following the club's seven-game loss to the Pirates in the World Series. Apparently, "The Old Professor's" record of ten pennants and seven World Championships in twelve seasons just wasn't good enough to satisfy management, who cited Stengel's age as the determining factor behind the firing. The signatures range from "6" to "8," averaging "7," and the ball is in Near Mint condition, particularly bright and clean, with very bold stampings. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $588

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