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    1940 Jimmie Foxx 500th Career Home Run Baseball, Signed and Notated in Foxx's Hand! For eleven lonely years, the great Bambino lingered alone inside the 500 Home Run Clubhouse after cutting the ribbon on August 11, 1929, a season that saw a young Jimmie Foxx powering his Philadelphia Athletics to the World Championship, much to the chagrin of a dominating Yankees franchise. Eleven years later, and now wearing the uniform of the Boston Red Sox, the Beast returned to Shibe Park for a doubleheader against his former club and earned the second key to the Club That Ruth Built.

    Number five hundred for Foxx would come in the top of the Red Sox sixth inning in the early half of the September 24, 1940 doubleheader in Philly, going back-to-back with a youngster named Ted Williams, who would join the Club himself before his Hall of Fame career was over. That thirty-sixth and final homer of the season, victimizing veteran right-hander George Caster, definitively punched Foxx' ticket to the Baseball Hall of Fame and ended Ruth's years of solitude, a happy reunion for the 1934 Tour of Japan teammates.

    One of a half-dozen dingers launched by the visitors in the sixteen-to-eight victory over the A's, this well-toned horsehide was retrieved from its resting place beyond the Shibe Park outfield fence and returned to Foxx as a souvenir. The experts at PSA/DNA confirm that both the black fountain pen ink sweet spot signature (5/10) and the "500th Home Run" notation below are in the slugger's own hand, providing for the most ironclad assurance of authenticity. The ball's stamping has faded considerably, but we can make out the shadows of the OAL (Harridge) stamping and "Reach" logo.

    The ball, and several other items presented within this Signature auction, derive from the estate of Foxx' business partner in his namesake restaurant in Galesburg, Illinois, where this ball and the five lots that follow were on public display during the eatery's brief existence in the late 1950's.

    If one holds the belief that a "club" requires more than one member, then the argument could be made that the 500 Home Run Club didn't technically exist prior to the flight of this octogenarian sphere, though this is clearly just a semantic argument. Far more certain is the enormous historical significance of any major milestone baseball from an all-time legend. It's unquestionably one of the most significant game used spheres that Heritage has had the privilege to present to the collecting community. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

    More Information: The Jimmie Foxx Collection

    He was a junior in high school when he first stepped upon a Major League diamond, making his debut at age seventeen with the 1925 Philadelphia Athletics, a team he'd shepherd through a three-season rule of the American League in the late 1920's and early 1930's. Thunderous power was The Beast's primary calling card, and he'd club sixty home runs in 1932, denied a tie for Babe Ruth's single-season record when rain-outs wiped two of them off his stat sheet. But he'd soon become the Bambino's first roommate in the 500 Home Run Clubhouse in 1940, a feat that would ensure his eventual induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    That milestone baseball appears within the extraordinary collection that follows, the highlight of a remarkable assembly of personally owned items from one of the prewar game's premier long ball artists. The first portion of the collection is consigned to auction by Foxx' son William, with each lot accompanied by his signed letter of provenance. The balance derives from Foxx' short-lived namesake restaurant in Galesburg, Illinois, retained for years by his business partner. Most of these items were on display for diners, while others relate to the construction thereof. Together, these two related groupings form the most significant single offering of Jimmie Foxx material to appear in a single auction.

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    December, 2020
    10th-13th Thursday-Sunday
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