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1963 Sandy Koufax Second No-Hitter Game Used Baseball with Original Photographs (4)....

2014 May 15 - 17 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction - Dallas #7105

 
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Auction Ended On: May 16, 2014
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

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1963 Sandy Koufax Second No-Hitter Game Used Baseball with Original Photographs (4). Any no-hitter is sweet, but it's particularly delectable when it comes against a hated rival, as did Sandy Koufax's May 11, 1963 domination of the San Francisco Giants. The Hall of Fame left-hander was perfect through seven and a third before walking catcher Ed Bailey, who was promptly eliminated with a double-play ball to end the inning. A walk of Willie McCovey in the ninth established the dangerous Giants outfielder as the only man left on base in the no-hit masterpiece by Koufax, who retired Harvey Kuenn on a tapper back to the mound to complete the feat.

The provided ONL (Giles) ball is boldly adorned with the text, "#2 No Hit" and matches perfectly the Schworck images of a beaming Koufax in the locker room moments after the game concluded. The sole deviation is the addition of Koufax' 9/10 blue ink autograph over the ball's stamping, notated "5/11/63." The inscribed date is in an unknown hand. Four photographs in total will accompany the baseball--two different images of Koufax posing with the ball (one shot is printed twice), and a marvelous photo of Koufax delivering the final pitch with the Dodger Stadium scoreboard lit up with goose eggs behind him. Each photo measures 8x10" (one slightly trimmed down) and all but the action shot rate EX-MT or better. Letter of provenance from Bruce Schworck. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


The Ernie Schworck Collection


With a camera around his neck and a spirit of adventure in his heart, renowned photographer Ernie Schworck spent three decades in the employment of United Press International (UPI), aiming his lens at the most famous figures of twentieth century sport and politics. The collection that follows focuses primarily on the former, Schworck's Los Angeles residency making him a familiar face at Dodger Stadium and Anaheim Stadium. He's best remembered for his creation of some of the most famous photographs of legendary southpaw Sandy Koufax ever captured, images that he populated with hand-notated game used balls that served as living captions for no-hitters, World Series victories and other historic achievements. Schworck wisely retained many of these baseballs for his personal collection, and they make their hobby debut in the lots that follow. Several are accompanied by the photos for which they were created, and all include a letter of provenance from the Schworck family.

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