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DescriptionErnie Lombardi Signed Photograph.
Earning the title of "the slowest man to ever play major league baseball well" by statistician Bill James, it makes it all the more that Ernie Lombardi was able to hit for a .306 average throughout his career. He started his journey in the bigs with the Brooklyn Robins only to be traded to the Cincinnati Reds after playing sparsely in his first year. He built upon each previous season, peaking in 1938 when he was named National League MVP - hitting .342 and catching both of Johnny Vander Meer's no-hitters. Lombardi headed back east in 1942, joining the Boston Braves and becoming the last catcher to win a batting title until Joe Mauer did so in 2006. He played out his final five seasons with the New York Giants, though no place accepted him quite like Cincinnati. A bronze statue of the backstop sits outside Great American Ballpark and the Reds' team MVP is named after him. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.
Offered is a superb 8x10" photograph of Lombardi with the Reds, he has signed boldly in blue felt-tip upon the center of the image. Light wear exhibited throughout, with a small paper clip indentation in the upper left corner - reverse of the photo is blank aside from "Lombardi" written in blue ballpoint ink. Pre-Certified
Guide Value or Estimate: $150 - up.
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