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    1970 Alex Johnson Wins AL Batting Championship Game Used Baseball & Original Photograph. It was the closest race for the batting championship in Major League history, Johnson legging out an infield hit in his last at-bat of the season to finish .0003 points ahead of Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski. Schworck was on hand for the Anaheim Stadium contest and snapped the famous photo we provide here, an original oversized (16x20") print mounted on a cardboard backing for support. We're unsure if the OAL (Cronin) ball is the one that actually recorded the decisive hit, or simply a ball from the game, but it is boldly notated, "#1 Alex 3289" and signed by the only batting champion in Angels franchise history below (9/10). Letter of provenance from Bruce Schworck. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


    The Ernie Schworck Collection


    With a camera around his neck and a spirit of adventure in his heart, renowned photographer Ernie Schworck spent three decades in the employment of United Press International (UPI), aiming his lens at the most famous figures of twentieth century sport and politics. The collection that follows focuses primarily on the former, Schworck's Los Angeles residency making him a familiar face at Dodger Stadium and Anaheim Stadium. He's best remembered for his creation of some of the most famous photographs of legendary southpaw Sandy Koufax ever captured, images that he populated with hand-notated game used balls that served as living captions for no-hitters, World Series victories and other historic achievements. Schworck wisely retained many of these baseballs for his personal collection, and they make their hobby debut in the lots that follow. Several are accompanied by the photos for which they were created, and all include a letter of provenance from the Schworck family.



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    May, 2014
    15th-17th Thursday-Saturday
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