Walter Johnson Signed 1930's Official American League Baseball JSA COA
A pair of legends separately began new endeavors in 1929: Walter Johnson as a Major League manager and Tom Manning as the radio announcer for the Cleveland Indians. Johnson, easily the game’s most dominant moundsman for two decades, made a seamless transition from diamond to dugout beginning in 1929, posting an overall winning record in seven seasons. Manning, winner of a 1919 yelling contest sponsored by the Cleveland Press, relayed umpires’ balls and strikes calls through a megaphone at Indians home games, prompting local station WTAM to select him for the Tribe’s first radio broadcasts in 1929. Fast forward to 1933, when the two were together in Cleveland and autographed this baseball. Official American League Harridge Baseball with trademark stampings that date to 1932-1933. Extending from the west panel to the sweet spot, Johnson (d.1946) has signed in black-ink steel tip fountain pen. On the east panel, Manning (d.1969) has signed in black-ink steel tip fountain pen and inscribed “Best Wishes.” Accompanying is a full photo LOA from JSA.