Making a rare rise from the basement to the penthouse, the St. Louis Browns captured the AL pennant in 1944. Did we say rare rise, make that unique, as this was the only season the franchise that is now the Baltimore Orioles ever won anything while located in St. Louis. With the ranks of the Majors depleted by the WWII call to arms, the Browns eased into the AL’s top spot with a record of 89-65, only to have their championship hopes crushed by hometown rival the St. Louis Cardinals.
Recall the Browns singular first place finish with this 1944 team-signed baseball featuring (28) autographs. This period-signed ball is an OAL/Harridge type in (VG-EX) condition with fairly even light-cream toning, signatures range (“3-4” to “7-8”) with the majority averaging “5-7”, auction LOA from JSA, with:
Sweet Spot: Jack Jakucki, Mike Kreevich
North Panel: coach Fred Hofmann (d.1964), coach Zack Taylor (d.1974), Bob Muncrief, George McQuinn, Tex Shirley, manager Luke Sewell (clubhouse version)
South Panel: Frank Mancuso, Gene Moore, Al Hollingsworth, Tom Turner, Weldon West, Sam Zoldak (d.1966), Mike Chartak (d.1967), George Caster (d.1955)
East Panel: Chet Laabs, Mark Christman (d.1976), Don Gutteridge, Floyd Baker, Red Hayworth, Vern Stephens (d.1968)
West Panel: Denny Galehouse, Nelson Potter, Milt Byrnes, Al Zarilla, Ellis Clary
Reverse Sweet Spot: (1) undetermined
Also present is a 1940s Browns 3/4-size pennant (EX) in framed display, pennant is noted as extremely rare and features a batter over diamond applique and white lettering on a red field, the red metal frame compliments nicely and is in excellent condition with minimal wear
Frames included with lots: while we make every effort to protect the frames included in these lots during pre-auction storage and post-auction shipping, we are not responsible for any damage to the frames themselves, and no refunds will be given due to frame damage.