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    The Hall of Fame hero doubles home the game-winning run in San Diego

    1971 Roberto Clemente Single Signed Baseball that Recorded Career Hit #2,819. You could argue that every individual hit of Roberto Clemente's career is more precious than that of any other. When the Hall of Fame outfielder was tragically killed in an airplane crash while engaged in a humanitarian aid mission for the earthquake-stricken western coast of Nicaragua, his career tally was finalized at an even 3,000, a figure widely considered the hallmark of greatness. While there is no doubt that Clemente's eighteen-year Major League career would have easily justified Hall of Fame enshrinement without that round number, the Hit Club would have suffered for his absence, particularly under the painful circumstances that ended his career.

    The presented baseball represents one of the later steps on the climb to that lofty clubhouse, an ONL (Feeney) ball driven into the gap at San Diego Stadium to plate Pirates center fielder Gene Clines in the top of the eighth inning to give the visitors a four-to-nothing lead. It would prove to be a significant RBI, as the Padres would score three runs in the bottom of the ninth, falling just short in a dramatic last-ditch comeback bid.

    The fan who corralled the scorched sphere was able to present it to Clemente for signing that afternoon, acquiring a sweet spot signature, preceded by a "Best Wishes" salutation, as fine as any we've encountered. The same bold black felt tip ink was then utilized to adorn the northern panel with the particulars:

    "The ball Roberto Clemente hit for his 2,819th lifetime hit at San Diego, July 24, 1971, Pitcher Al Severinsen."

    The southern panel finds an abandoned earlier attempt at this notation, but these three words remain invisible upon typical display. The ball exhibits clear game use but no faults that distract from the signature or notation. The Heritage Auctions record for a single signed Clemente ball stands at $38,837 (August 2013), and the signature here is every bit that representation's equal. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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