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    1927 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball. With the clarity of hindsight, the lopsided dominance of this most fabled edition of New York Yankees rosters seems as if it should have been apparent from the very start, but public sentiment (or at least that of leading oddsmakers and sportswriters) leaned south to Philadelphia on Opening Day of 1927. To be fair, Connie Mack's newest creation looked unbeatable on paper, the signing of three veteran legends-Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins and Zack Wheat-bolstering a roster already heavy with future Cooperstown talent. But the Yanks would set a blistering pace from the starting gun, winning their first six games to lead the American League from wire to wire, finishing a stunning nineteen games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Athletics at the close of the regular season.

    During that memorable spring and summer, as the nation marveled at Charles Lindbergh's historic trans-Atlantic flight and the cruel fate of Dempsey's "Long Count" error, a thrilling subplot to the Yankee season slowly emerged. As any hope for a competitive American League pennant race grew progressively dimmer, fans nationwide fixed their collective gaze upon the twin engines of the Yankees' offensive juggernaut. All the way through August, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig traded round-trip clouts, each reaching forty-five before the latter broke stride, leaving Ruth to march that final mile to baseball history alone. The Babe would hit three homers in the final two games to reach an even five dozen and reaffirm his status as the king of the baseball world. His sidekick Lou Gehrig would settle for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. A four-game World Series sweep of the National League Champion Pittsburgh Pirates served as the fitting punctuation mark to close this historic campaign.

    An unknown hand dates this single-season model OAL (Johnson) ball to "8/11/27," a date that saw a rare loss to the Washington Senators in a dramatic Griffith Stadium eleventh inning walk-off. Sixteen signatures are readily legible, ranging from 3/10 to 8/10 and including Ruth, Pennock, Pipgras, O'Leary, Meusel, Dugan, Bengough, Gazella, Fletcher, Miller, Paschal, Combs, Giard, Thomas, Durst and Wera. Gehrig rates 1.5/10, and Lazzeri 1/10. But the enormous appeal of a baseball signed by the greatest team ever assembled outweighs any condition stumbles. A fine Murderer's Row relic. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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