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    1920 New York Giants Team Signed Baseball with Babe Ruth from Havana, Cuba. Though a notation in an unknown hand on the provided ONL (Heydler) ball reads, "Havana 1919," the provided baseball actually dates to 1920, the year that the Giants headed down south to the island nation with ringer Babe Ruth, who was paid between $1000 and $2000 to join his Polo Grounds roommates for the second half of the excursion. Remarkably, Ruth's thunder was stolen by Cuban slugger Cristóbal Torriente, who hit three home runs in one game, one off Ruth himself. Almendares vanquished the Giants 4-2 (with two tied games), while the Giants won the series against Habana 6-1 (with one tie). A game against a Cuban All-Star team also ended in a tie.

    Thirteen autographs appear on the baseball, with an extraordinarily high percentage of Hall of Fame immortals: Babe Ruth, George Kelly, Dave Bancroft, Frank Frisch and Ross Youngs. Other notables: George Burns, Frank Snyder, Jesse Barnes. Autographs have mellowed from black to brown but remain readily legible, averaging a conservative 5/10. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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