Babe Ruth Johnny Evers Miller Huggins 1929 Yankees Team Signed Baseball JSA COA
With changes looming on multiple fronts, the New York Yankees played an exhibition contest against the Boston Braves during the spring of 1929. Over the winter following the club’s second successive World Series title, Babe Ruth’s wife, Helen, died in a fire at the age of 31. The day before the 1929 season began, Ruth wed Claire Hodgson. In early June, he was admitted to St. Vincent’s hospital and diagnosed with heart murmurs. Before the season ended, skipper Miller Huggins was hospitalized with a sore below his left eye. Five days later, he was dead of erysipelas. And in the end, the Yanks – who had started the campaign at a torrid 13-4 – finished a distant 18 games behind Connie Mack’s Athletics. But these were still the Bronx Bombers, wearing uniform numbers for the first time, and as they teamed with the Braves to autograph this baseball at the aforementioned exhibition, were still baseball’s main attraction – despite season standings suggesting otherwise. The medium is an Official American League Barnard example which hails specifically from 1928. The alternating blue-and-red laces remain prominent. Decorating the keepsake are blue-ink steel tip fountain pen signatures. Includes: Sweet Spot: Miller Huggins (d.1929,), Babe Ruth (d.1948) and Bob Meusel; North Panel: unidentified, Fred Maguire, Johnny Werts, George Sisler , John Cooney, Doc Farrell and Sam Jones; South Panel: Tony Lazzeri (d.1946), Heinie Mueller, Jack Smith and Lance Richbourg; West Panel: Hank Gowdy, Johnny Evers (d.1947), Earl Clark (d.1938), Red Peery, George Burns and Charlie O’Leary (coach, d.1941); East Panel: unidentified, Bruce Cunningham, George Harper, unidentified, Harry Matthews (coach) and Gene Robertson. Of note is the Sad Sam Jones signature. Jones was a member of the Washington Senators at the time and we can only assume he was on hand that day. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from JSA.
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