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    Earliest pinstriped appearance of the Iron Horse!

    1923 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball with Lou Gehrig. If there's any negative to being a New York Yankees fan, it's this--we'll never feel that level of ecstasy that Boston Red Sox fans felt in 2004 when the eighty-six year Curse ended, or what the fans of the Chicago Cubs will feel if/when their hundred-plus years of World Championship drought ends. Twenty-seven trips to the mountain top can make you feel a bit jaded, after all. Here we present the rarest of opportunities for Yankee fans, to experience the feeling of losing our team's Championship virginity. After all, there's nothing like the first time.

    Here is one of the few known team spheres from that 1923 team that finally slayed the Giants after two consecutive Fall Classic losses to its former landlord just across the Harlem River. It was this season that the Big Apple balance of power made its shift from Manhattan to the Bronx, the construction of Yankee Stadium heralding the arrival of the most dominant team in American sport.

    The Official American League (Johnson) ball bears the autographs of nineteen World Championship pioneers, beginning, of course, with a sweet spot offering from Babe Ruth (7/10) who set a franchise batting record in 1923 at .393. Other notable signers include Huggins (3/10), Hoyt (5/10), Pennock (3/10), Meusel (7/10), Bengough (4/10) and Scott (5/10).

    But by far the most significant autograph to be found is that of Lou Gehrig, who made his Major League debut at age nineteen on June 15, 1923, and played in just thirteen games for the 1923 World Champs. Gehrig's first name is light but discernible, while his surname is 6/10.

    The baseball was almost certainly signed in late September of 1923, as this would represent a temporal cross-section of Ben Shields, who didn't officially debut until 1924 but appears in a famous team photo shot after the Yankees clinched the 1923 pennant, and Lou Gehrig, who was recalled to the team on September 25th to get some playing time in the last few meaningless games of the 1923 regular season. The presence of Elmer Smith assures the ball could not date to the following season, as he was traded to Louisville (American Association) for future legend Earle Combs on January 7, 1924.

    Representing both the first World Championship of the most decorated Major League team, and the earliest appearance of the sport's greatest slugging tandem, this is an autographed sphere with few equals in the collecting hobby, a spotlight piece in even the finest of private collections. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from SGC.


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