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    A rare participant in the greatest World Series game ever pitched

    1956 Don Larsen Single Signed Perfect Game Used Baseball. Twenty-seven up, twenty-seven down. And this was no push-over of an opposing batting line-up, but rather the perpetual National League Champs, packed to the brim with future Hall of Famers: Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella. With the Series tied at two games each, Larsen understood he was just about the last man the Bronx crowd wanted to see on the mound in that crucial fifth game, having surrendered a six-run lead in just 1.2 innings of Game Two action just three days earlier, walking four Dodgers during the brief but painful debacle. But "redemption" is far too weak a term for what the lanky right-hander earned for this return to the mound. The proper word is "immortality."

    It took only ninety-seven pitches to complete his three flawless passes through the Brooklyn line-up, and only the great Pee Wee Reese was able to work him to a three-ball count. A called third strike on dangerous pinch hitter Dale Mitchell to end the game sent the Yankee Stadium crowd into pandemonium, and the image of Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra leaping into Larsen's arms remains one of the most indelible images in baseball history. The jerseys worn by each half of that battery have recently sold at auction, jointly garnering more than $1.3 million.

    Just a handful of baseballs that saw action during that most famous World Series game are available to the modern collecting hobby, and we're pleased for the opportunity to present this one, retrieved from the game's umpires by an executive in the Commissioner's office immediately following the game. That same executive caught up with the eventual World Series MVP for an autograph, which remains as bold as the date of application beneath a light brushing of shellac. A twin to this Official American League (Harridge) ball was delivered to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the same official, and a letter attesting to these facts that accompanied the ball when it was auctioned by Leland's as part of the Charlie Sheen Collection has since been lost. Still present, however, is a Leland's letter making reference to that lost letter, signed by Josh Evans and Sheen. The evident game use of the ball, and the presence of a period Larsen autograph sealed beneath a decades-old coating of shellac, likewise validate the claim. LOA from Leland's/Charlie Sheen. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

    1956 Don Larsen Single Signed Perfect Game Used Baseball.

    *A donation of $100 to the American Red Cross is required to attend the Live auction.

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    February, 2013
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