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1938 Hank Greenberg 50th Home Run of the Season Baseball, Signed....

2012 August 2 Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Signature Auction- Baltimore #7057

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 2, 2012
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Location: B & O Warehouse, 6th Floor
Camden Yard Banquet Room
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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1938 Hank Greenberg 50th Home Run of the Season Baseball, Signed. Rare and enormously desirable relic dates to late in the finest season ever posted by a man whose long ball exploits continue to serve as a point of pride among baseball fans of the Jewish faith. With that pride, however, many wonder if Greenberg's failure to reach Babe Ruth's fabled single-season mark of sixty home runs might be attributable to the anti-Semitism that permeated both professional baseball and American culture at large. Though Greenberg himself dismissed such conspiracy theories as "crazy stories," noted baseball statistician Howard Megdal calculated that in September of 1938, Greenberg walked in over twenty percent of his plate appearances, by far the highest percentage of his career.

Despite falling short of five dozen, Greenberg did match Jimmie Foxx' home run record for right-handed batters with fifty-eight, a mark that would stand until Sammy Sosa's now-controversial 1998 campaign. His thirty-nine long balls at home is a record that still survives to this day. Here we find the only one of those fifty-eight homers to resurface in the modern hobby, an Official American League (Harridge) sphere personally notated and signed by the slugger himself. His black fountain pen ink commands a side panel: "Best Wishes to my friend 'Red' Morgan on my 50th home run, 'Hank' Greenberg, Sept. 12, 1938." The ink ranges from 5/10 to 8/10 in strength, and the ball exhibits evidence of its traumatic meeting with Greenberg's Louisville Slugger but presents very well. Much like the man himself, it has endured its trials heroically, poised to occupy its well-deserved place of honor in baseball history. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.




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