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    1981 World Series Baseball Used to Record Final Out. Longing for those Brooklyn days when they always seemed to get the best of the Dodgers, the New York Yankees proved no match for them in the 1981 Fall Classic, suffering the fatal blow in a nine to two loss at Yankee Stadium on October 28th. First baseman Bob Watson would earn the dubious distinction of being the Series' final victim, lofting a pop fly to center field to bring the season to its conclusion. Presented is that Official World Series (Kuhn) ball gloved by Dodgers center fielder Ken Landreaux and soon after secured by first base umpire Larry Barnett for posterity.

    The ball soon found its way into the famous personal collection of fellow ump Durwood Merrill, for whom Barnett signed "Best Wishes, Larry Barnett, 1981 World Series Umpire." Merrill then added, "10-28-81, Game 6 World Series, Last Out- LA 9 - NY 2," per Barnett's instructions. Two letters of provenance from Merrill attest, the latter penned to Swirsky personally, recalling the gift from colleague Barnett.

    As the memorabilia craze has reached the mainstream, players have become educated in the value and importance of last out balls, so the odds that newer models will find their way into the collecting hobby have diminished considerably. But this final out from a victory over the hated Yanks carries more appeal than most, and should be considered essential bidding for any serious Dodgers booster. Letters of provenance from Durwood Merrill (2). Pre-certified by PSA/DNA (autographs). Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication (autographs).

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