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    1942 "The Pride of the Yankees" Cast Signed Baseball with Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper. Widely considered the most important sports film of all time, the Lou Gehrig biopic featured a tantalizing convergence of stars from the diamond and silver screen joined to honor the fallen Iron Horse. This ONL (Frick) sphere is one of the few known to have been birthed upon the set of that film, and the first we've encountered mounted on a "Compliments of Christy Walsh/Pride of the Yankees" blotter (text barely legible), indicating that the ball was a gift from the pioneer sports agent whose star clients included Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

    The former appears on the ball's side panel, while the widow of the latter adorns the sweet spot with a bold inscription and autograph in 10/10 ink. Joining the Babe (7/10) on the southern panel are former Yankees teammate Bill Dickey and Academy Award nominee Gary Cooper, rating 7/10 and 2/10 respectively sphere's deeply toned hide. Also found on the roster of signers are director Sam Wood, producer Sam Goldwyn, actor Walter Brennan and ballplayer Babe Herman. The ball originally belonged to Frank Maher, who handled sound for the famous film. A magnificent keepsake from one of the most beloved sports films of all time, absolutely drenched in sports and silver screen history. In later years the ball was signed by Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Ernie Banks, Warren Spahn and more, averaging 3/10 in strength. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    November, 2014
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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