1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed Baseball to Umpire He Heckled....
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Heritage Auctions - Design District Annex
1518 Slocum Street
As the story goes, the President met Flaherty in the clubhouse after the game and presented him this autographed OAL (Harridge) ball in the interest of diplomatic relations. When asked later by reporters if Ike's opinion had inspired him to reconsider, Flaherty stuck to his guns. "No," he said. "It wasn't even close."
The ball has taken on a tobacco hue over the passing half century, and the leather is crazed, but the ink remains quite bold nonetheless, retaining an 8/10 strength. It's one of just a handful of Eisenhower singles known in the hobby, and unquestionably the one with the best back story. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.
Service and Handling Description: Balls, Pucks, etc. - Encased, Small (view shipping information)