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1926 Hughie "Eeh Yah" Jennings Single Signed Baseball. Though Jennings is best recalled in baseball history for his comical stork-legged pose and battle cry of "Ee-Yah," his was a life steeped in shared tragedy. A bean ball during his playing career and and a 1911 automobile crash from a bridge each left Jennings teetering for days at the brink of death. Best man at his dear friend John McGraw's wedding in 1897, he likewise served as a pallbearer at the young bride's funeral just two years later. It is widely theorized that this physical and emotional trauma, paired with the stress of taking the managerial reins of the New York Giants when McGraw himself fell ill, caused the nervous breakdown which rendered Jennings unable to report to 1926 spring training and ultimately contributed to his 1928 demise.

Jennings' health had apparently shown temporary improvement by June 5, 1926, when he appeared at the Polo Grounds to watch the Giants, with McGraw back at the helm, win a one-to-nothing pitchers' duel over their rival Brooklyn Dodgers. From this contest derives one of the rarest and most coveted singles Heritage has yet offered, a spectacular ONL (Heydler) sphere gorgeously inscribed by the Hall of Fame manager:

Best wishes from Hugh "Eeh-Yah" Jennings, New York Base Ball Club, June 5, 1926.

Jennings remains one of the toughest challenges for collectors of 20th century Hall of Fame singles, and the 8.5/10 black fountain pen ink utilized here establishes the presented example as the finest of that microscopic supply. The addition of Jennings' famous nickname and closing notation only enhances its tremendous appeal. The ball itself is attractively toned with minor handling which causes no detriment. We expect intense interest in this offering, so bidders are advised to prepare for a battle. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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Auction Dates
August, 2011
4th Thursday
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