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    1956 Mickey Mantle 47th Home Run of Season (Career #168) Baseball. It was pure overkill. Mantle recorded twenty more long balls than he needed to take the top spot in the 1956 American League home run rankings--he'd surpass runner-up Vic Wertz' ultimate tally of thirty-two before the calendar had turned to August. Though his greatest season of production in the sport's favorite power statistic would come during the 1961 M&M race, you'll find few baseball historians who would object to the classification of Mickey Mantle's 1956 Triple Crown and American League MVP season as the finest of his Hall of Fame career.

    Collectors certainly agree with the contention, consistently driving the bidding for relics bearing that elite vintage into world record territory. We expect those bidders will be out in force to compete for this remarkable sphere.

    It comes to us with a letter of provenance from Ellis Clary, who served as a coach for the long-suffering Washington Senators from 1955 to 1960. Another home run baseball in this Platinum Night auction, launched by the splendid splinter of Ted Williams, derives from the same source. In both cases, the positioning of the Senators bullpen just beyond the right field wall was the factor that saved the ball from the grubby hands of the ticket-buying masses.

    Remarkably, Mantle recalls this August 31, 1956 visit to Washington's Griffith Stadium in his famous book, "My Favorite Summer 1956," recounting his meeting with President Eisenhower before the game. Ike told Mantle, "I hope you hit a home run but I hope the Senators win." He only got half his wish. "I hit a home run," Mantle writes, "my forty-seventh, and we won, 6-4."

    The OAL (Harridge) baseball shows strong game use and is inscribed in Clary's vintage blue ink, "Mickey Mantle's 47th Home Run, Griffith Stadium, Aug. 31-'56, Off Camilo Pascual." It's just the second home run ball from the Mick's 1956 masterpiece we've had the good fortune to offer, the first commanding $95,600 over six years ago. Letter of provenance from Ellis Clary. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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