1961 President John F. Kennedy Single Signed First Pitch Baseball....
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Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
The man on the receiving end of this toss from the President's box was southpaw pitcher Harold Woodeshick, who trotted the ball back to the newly-minted Commander in Chief for an autograph, which Kennedy applied to the side panel of the Official American League (Cronin) sphere. In 6/10 blue ink, it reads, "To Harold--Best wishes, John Kennedy."
The market for Presidential singles continues to soar as more collectors are drawn into this fascinating and challenging subgenre, and it should go without saying that Kennedy rates as the most elusive of post-war models. This specimen's status as the very first ball thrown in one of the most memorable seasons in American League history, one immortalized by the M&M Boys' historic home run race, clearly elevates it above the balance of the sparse population. Included is a modern print of a photo of Kennedy throwing out either this ball or the White Sox model on Opening Day, 1961. Letter of provenance from Harold Woodeshick (photocopy--original misplaced). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from John Reznikoff.
1961 President John F. Kennedy Single Signed First Pitch Baseball.
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