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    1957 Napoleon "Larry" Lajoie Single Signed Baseball. He was born to French Canadians who emigrated to the United States, named for the famous conqueror but often called "Larry," a nickname he picked up when a teammate struggled with the pronunciation of his surname. Like his contemporary Shoeless Joe Jackson, Lajoie was a grade school dropout who worked in a textile mill as a boy and quickly showed talent in industrial league play. As word of his slugging prowess spread, Lajoie rose through the semi-professional ranks to the Class B New England League Fall River Indians, and then almost immediately to the Majors for six years in Philadelphia with the Phillies and Athletics. But it was Lajoie's time in Cleveland for which he is best remembered, his popularity so great that the team was dubbed the "Naps" in his honor.

    Though Lajoie managed briefly following his retirement as a player, he was out of the game completely by 1918 and rarely within range of autograph seekers as a result. He was a regular signer through the mail, but postcards were the medium used almost exclusively. Signed horsehide remains frustratingly scarce.

    This one was signed a few years after Nap's eighty-third birthday in marvelously bold (9/10) blue fountain pen ink. His favored "Larry Lajoie" autograph extends from west panel to sweet spot, continuing on to a date of "9-26-57" on eastern panel. To the south, we find an unpersonalized "Best Wishes" salutation. The medium is a clear "Official Babe Ruth League Baseball," recalling the legendary slugger who joined Lajoie on the dais at the inaugural induction ceremony of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Full LOA from Beckett Authentication Services. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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