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    1919 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball from Peckinpaugh Estate--Earliest Known Yankees Team Ball! It's the earliest known ball from a team that had yet to begin amassing its record tally of twenty-seven World Championships, a personally owned keepsake of the family of its superstar shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh whose .305 batting average paced the roster. Our consignor purchased the ball years ago from a sale of the Yankee star's family estate, along with the 1925 Senators ball and the lot entitled "1900's Basketball Studio Photographs Lot of 4" likewise presented within this auction, featuring very early and previously unknown images of the Peckinpaugh brothers. It was not until the Live Ball Era that team signed baseballs became a popular souvenir for fandom, so the few examples predating 1920 tend to derive from player collections. Again, we must stress that no earlier Yankees ball is known to exist.

    Twenty-eight autographs adorn the remarkably well-preserved OAL (Johnson) sphere, a rather striking assortment of miniature scripted signatures, a scattering of hand-printed names and a huge and gorgeous full autograph from Frank "Home Run" Baker whose ten long balls in 1919 led the team (and ranked second only to Babe Ruth's twenty-nine in the American League). He shares a side panel with fellow Hall of Famer Miller Huggins, whose autograph is the printed format often used in these early days.

    Standard "scripted" autographs appear from Peckinpaugh himself, Wally Pipp (famous for losing his first baseman's job to Lou Gehrig), Bob Shawkey, Aaron Ward, Lefty O'Doul, Muddy Ruel, Ping Bodie, Wilson "Chick" Fewster, Elmer Miller, Frank Kane, Bill Lamar, Del Pratt, Allen Russell, Duffy Lewis, Jack Quinn and Pro Football Hall of Famer George Halas, who played just twelve Major League games before retiring with a .091 batting average.

    "Printed" signatures appear from Huggins, as noted before, as well as Truck Hannah, George Mogridge, Ernie Shore (famous for retiring twenty-six batters in a row for the 1917 Red Sox after Babe Ruth was ejected for a near-perfect game). Throughout all formats, the signature strength averages a remarkable 6/10, making this one of the highest-quality signed "dead balls" of any variety. The team would ultimately finish seven and a half games back of the notorious Chicago Black Sox this year, but the following season would see the tectonic shift of baseball supremacy with the Yankees' acquisition of Babe Ruth. It's one of the most exciting Yankees relics to surface in recent years, and one unlikely ever to be seen again. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    15th-17th Thursday-Saturday
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