1959 Ted Williams 2,500th Career Hit Baseball Given to Johnny Orlando....
In his characteristic unsentimental style, Williams quickly concluded that he had no need for a trophy of his accomplishment, and made a gift of the historic sphere to famed Red Sox clubhouse man Johnny Orlando. Our consignor was gifted the ball by her great aunt Thelma "Billie" Clark Orlando, Johnny's widow. It makes its hobby debut within this Platinum Night Auction, with the consignor's letter of provenance.
The cream-colored sphere exhibits light game use from its historic ride courtesy of Teddy Ballgame's Louisville Slugger, and is notated "2500th hit, June 2, 1959" and autographed by the man himself in the boldest of blue ink. A single swipe of a pen on the panel to the north was likely placed as an identification mark in the dugout immediately after the hit was recorded, in order to assure that the proper ball made it back to the Hall of Fame outfielder.
Our auction results database would indicate that only a scattered few Williams home run baseballs have surfaced in the collecting hobby, and certainly no game used spheres which could rival the presented specimen for historic import. To this date, fewer than one hundred Major Leaguers have summitted this vaunted plateau, and the key relic of the achievement from the game's greatest hitter could properly be characterized as an American treasure. Letter of provenance from consignor. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.
Service and Handling Description: Balls, Pucks, etc. - Encased, Small (view shipping information)