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Early 1960's Wally Pipp Single Signed Statistics Baseball, PSA/DNA NM-MT 8....

2013 February 23 - 24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070

 
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Auction Ended On: Feb 23, 2013
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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"I took the two most expensive aspirin in history."
Early 1960's Wally Pipp Single Signed Statistics Baseball, PSA/DNA NM-MT 8. Despite an entirely respectable Major League career served predominantly in pinstripes--did you know that Pipp still holds the team record for sacrifices at 226?--the first baseman of the inaugural Yankees World Championship team of 1923 is remembered in baseball history for a single, seemingly innocuous moment. On June 2, 1925, Pipp arrived at Yankee Stadium with a terrible headache. Manager Miller Huggins overheard Pipp asking the team trainer for a couple aspirin and patted him on the shoulder. "Wally, take the day off," he advised. We'll try that kid Gehrig at first today and get you back in there tomorrow."

As we all know, that date marked the first of 2,130 consecutive games that the Iron Horse would serve as the team's leading first sacker, transforming the story of Pipp into a mere footnote for Gehrig's epic tale of bravery and achievement. Pipp would find a new home in Cincinnati for the 1926 season, concluding his fifteen season career there in 1928.

Despite this long tour of Major League duty, Pipp's appearance on horsehide has been confined all but entirely to the few team signed baseballs dating to his playing career. Here we encounter the sole known single, a flawlessly preserved relic made all the more remarkable by its "stat ball" format. Trailing a 9/10 blue ink sweet spot signature on the creamy OAL (Cronin) sphere, Pipp supplies a brief biography on the southern panel: "Years in Majors 1913-1928, Games - 1871, Lifetime Batting Av. .281, Home Run Leader 1916 (12), 1917 (8)." The baseball itself garners a 7/10 rating from PSA/DNA for the final grade as listed.

The most fanciful dreams of the advanced Yankees collector are answered here, but one must learn from Pipp's mistake. If you miss this chance, you will likely never get another. Full grading LOA from PSA/DNA, NM-MT 8. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.





Early 1960's Wally Pipp Single Signed Statistics Baseball, PSA/DNA NM-MT 8.



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