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1934 Tour of Japan Signed Baseball w/ Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig 
Lot Number 214
 
Quantity: Bid Started: 09/12/2005 00:30:00 
Bid Open: 2000.00  Bid Ends: 09/28/2005 23:30:00 
Bid Count: 10  Overtime: 30 Minutes
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Description

In 1934 the magnanimous Connie Mack, to ease mounting tensions in the Far East, led a group of Major League stars on a highly publicized tour of Japan. The games were meant as a show of good faith and goodwill between the two countries and it was Babe Ruth that stole the show. The ever-jolly Ruth was lionized by the Japanese people while he led the team of stars, hitting fourteen homeruns in the seventeen games, all won by the American team. But a Japanese legend was born, as 17-year-old Eiji Sawamura struck out Charlie Gehringer, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx in succession. Presented, as a charmed memento, is this red-and-black stitched Official National League Heydler ball signed in blue and black ink by thirteen members of that famed nine that toured the Pacific Rim. Babe Ruth's signature adorns the sweet spot and grades 6-7 with the “Babe” a touch darker than “Ruth” but overall a strong signature. The other four panels of this wonderful grade “8” baseball include Ruth’s teammate Lou Gehrig (grade 6), Connie Mack (4), Jimmie Foxx (8), Lefty O'Doul (3), Earl Averill (5), Lefty Grove (5), Bing Miller (3), Rabbit Warstler (6), John Quinn (4), Joe Cascarella (3), and two indistinguishable signatures. A torrid of talent went to Japan in the fall of 1934 to aid our country and help perpetuate baseball and this marvelous ball is not just the perfect display piece but terrific conversation piece as well. Ballplayers such as Moe Berg, the famed American spy, toured, played and spied for the Americans. The stories are endless – but the supply of team signed baseballs is not. A pair of solid LOAs from both James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA and Mike Gutierrez/GAI. 
 
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