1964 St. Louis Cardinals World Series George Sosnak Folk Art Signed Baseball

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Elaborate folk-art tribute ball hand-painted by former minor-league umpire George Sosnak (1922-1992) commemorating both the St. Louis Cardinals' 1964 World Championship season and third baseman Ken Boyer. Four of the six panels feature Sosnak's meticulous artwork and lettering, including a full side-panel illustration of Boyer. Signed and dated ("1964") by Sosnak on the Boyer panel. Additional lettering "To Winnie Sosnak/Best Wishes From/1964/Pennant Champions/St. Louis Cardinals/World Series Champions" is added to the manufacturer stamping panel. The other two panels feature black-ink signatures (very faint) of approximately 18 members of the 1964 Cardinals. Although Sosnak was a prolific artist, by some accounts creating over 800 illustrated baseballs, the popularity of his works has continued to grow with each passing decade. Sosnak is nearly as well known in the folk-art community as he is in the field of baseball collectibles, so it is no surprise that examples of his work can be found in both the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. One of Sosnak's balls (detailing JFK’s Opening Day pitch at a 1962 Senators game) can even be found in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library


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