As the Philadelphia Athletics punctuated the 1930 season with a second straight World Series crown, it was evident that Connie Mack’s roster had stolen supremacy from the “Bronx Bombers.” Popularity, however, may have been a different story. The offered baseball suggests that regardless of their status in the standings, the Yankees were autograph targets before all others. This medium-toned unofficial “Spalding” sphere (grade “5-6”) has been signed in black-ink steel tip fountain pen. The occasion remains a mystery, though the ball has a handwritten notation of “Oct 13 – 1930” (which was five days after the Athletics disposed of St. Louis in the Fall Classic). On the sweet spot, the Athletics took control with Mickey Cochrane (“5-6” strength) and Jimmy Dykes (“6”). But flanking those signatures are the pennings of Babe Ruth (east panel, “4-5”) and Lou Gehrig (west panel, “6”). Just above Gehrig’s scripting is Athletics pitcher Billy Shores (“3-4”). Full photo LOA from JSA.
It should be noted that there is a stamp on the ball that reads:
Made especially for Nat L. Strong