Assembled at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field for the 1949 Mid-Summer Classic, (23) members of the American League roster decorated this ONL Frick sphere with their bold and coveted autographs. Of historical significance that day, black players appeared for the first time in the exhibition’s history. The offered clean and creamy orb (grade “9”) is absolutely gorgeous and showcases prominent trademark stampings and potent fountain pen scriptings that average (“8”) quality. Key pennings include: Berra, Boudreau, J. DiMaggio, Doby, Gordon, Kell, Lemon, and T. Williams. Full photo LOA from JSA. This item has a reserve (estimated value $1500-$2500). More on our website.
Sweet Spot T. Williams; North Panel J. DiMaggio, Tebbetts, Ruel (coach), Doby, Stephens, Henrich, Hegan and Parnell; South Panel Kell, Boudreau (manager), Berra, Mitchell, Gordon and Goodman; West Panel Dillinger, E. Robinson, Joost, Lemon and Michaels; East Panel Raschi, Kellner and Wertz.
Of note is the inclusion of Joe DiMaggio. While DiMaggio’s signature headlines any multi-signed souvenir, this one is something special. Cleveland Indians and American League skipper Lou Boudreau came under widespread criticism for naming DiMaggio to his roster. But DiMaggio (who was nursing a heel injury, hadn’t played since June 28 and was a non-contender in the fans’ balloting), proved a worthy selection as he singled, doubled and drove in three before being replaced by Doby (the first-ever black player to play for an American League All-Star team). All three of the above-mentioned Hall of Famers, or course, have signed this pristine relic.
Also of significance is the representation of the Boston Red Sox. Still under the mythical spell cast nearly 30 years earlier by their ill-advised sale of Babe Ruth, the BoSox hit the All-Star break in high gear, having won seven straight. Though they still trailed the front-running Yankees by 8-1/2 games at the intermission, the Carmines quickly righted their path and won 54 of 74 second-half contests to catch and surpass the Bronx Bombers and set up a two-game showdown to end the season at Yankee Stadium. But with an opportunity to clinch the flag on October 1, Boston squandered a 4-0 lead and lost, 5-4 to the Yanks. That set up a winner-take-all battle in the final game, which the Yankees won, 5-3 and then went on to a record five successive World Series titles. Ted Williams, who entered the All-Star break with 20 home runs and a .325 batting average, occupies the sweet spot of this souvenir. Teammate Mel Parnell, who had an 11-5 mound mark and earned the nod as the starting pitcher, closes out the north panel. Fenway representatives, Goodman, Stephens and Tebbetts have also signed.