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    1979 Bill Walsh First NFL Victory Game Ball & Photograph. Whether it's a love, a car, or an NFL victory, there's nothing like the first one, and this pair of souvenirs from Bill Walsh's first taste of success as head of the San Francisco 49ers rated among his most cherished possessions. He would earn a Canton plaque for his ten seasons of brilliance at the helm, claiming three Super Bowl Championships and innovating an offensive style that carried his team to a 92-59-1 record, among the highest winning percentages (.609) in League history. But it all began here.

    The Official NFL ball is artfully painted with a 49ers helmet and text announcing the historic achievement: "Game Ball Presented to Bill Walsh, First 49er Victory, 49ers - 20 Falcons - 15. October 21, 1979, Candlestick Park."

    A joyous photograph of Walsh being carried from the field by Steve DeBerg and the rest of the 49ers illustrates just how grim the fortunes were of the team upon Walsh's arrival, as it was their first win in eight attempts. They would conclude the season with only one more, against the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, finishing in the cellar at two and fourteen. But the 1980 season would bring the debut of Joe Montana, and the journey toward dominance would quicken.

    The football survives in fine condition as does the 10x12" photograph, which is attractively matted and framed to final dimensions of 14x16.5". Letter of provenance from the Walsh family.


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