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    1927 Al Simmons Single Signed Baseball. Even the devoted baseball historian could be forgiven for the assumption that it was Jimmie Foxx who served as the main offensive engine in Connie Mack's second great Philadelphia Athletics juggernaut, but the numbers tell a different story. Though Foxx averaged a mighty 131 runs batted in for each of the three American League Championship seasons between 1929 and 1931, Simmons drove in an outrageous average of 150 over this same stretch, actually leading the American League in the category during the first World Championship campaign. The presented autograph dates from a couple seasons earlier when the eyes of the baseball world were eighty miles to the east. Simmons' side panel signature appears on an OAL (Johnson) model beneath his own handwritten "Aug 11th/27" notation. Admittedly the signature is somewhat light, perhaps a 4/10, but the tremendous scarcity of Simmons singles, particularly those dating to his active career, compels the cultured collector to forgive such shortcomings. The ball exhibits the manner of surface wear expected from eight decades of storage, but presents nicely nonetheless. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication. Auction LOA from PSA/DNA.

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