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1927 World Champion New York Yankees Team-Signed Baseball With Gehrig, Shocker, Lazzeri and Full JSA - Gorgeous!

Lot Number 623

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As the game evolves and preeminent teams rise to the occasion, baseball purists are prone to discussions regarding the most dominant rosters of all-time. A glance at the record books will prompt some to cite the 1961 Yankees and their dual-assault on the single-season home run standard. The 1998 Yankees (114 wins) and 2001 Mariners (116 wins) are certain to be mentioned, as well. But make no mistake about it: never has a squad been more completely in control and overwhelmingly superior as were the 1927 New York Yankees. With a lineup appropriately dubbed “Murderers Row” marked by five everyday players who hit well above .300, those Bronx Bombers hit for power, as well. Their 158 team home run total was 102 better than the nearest competitor and triple the amount registered by five of their seven American League opponents! As rare as those astounding stats may resonate, a similar reaction is invoked when beholding this sacred keepsake: a baseball autographed by (23) members of that 1927 Bronx Bombers squad, the benchmark for all superior assemblages to follow. The medium is spectacular in itself: an OAL Johnson sphere whose trademark stampings date specifically to the 1927 campaign. While sections of period shellac have been applied, the “Reach” factory identifiers are as bold and definitive as they were upon the unveiling of this orb! The alternating red-and-blue laces retain their vibrant appearance, as well. On the sweet spot, a clubhouse version of Babe Ruth’s endorsement urges us to keep looking. Undertaking that endeavor, we find black-ink steel-tip fountain pen signatures that average (“8”) potency, with several even nicer. Includes: North Panel: Joe Dugan, Ben Paschal, Bob Muesel, Mark Koenig, Tony Lazzeri (d.1946), Bennie Bengough (“9” strength) and Don Miller (“8-9” strength); South Panel: Lou Gehrig (d.1941), Herb Pennock, Art Fletcher (coach), Dutch Ruether and Urban Shocker (d.1928); West Panel: George Pipgras, Mike Gazella, Ray Morehart, Wilcy Moore, Julie Wera and Joe Giard; East Panel: Earle Combs (“8-9” strength), John Grabowski, Bob Shawkey, Pat Collins and Cedric Durst. The definitive links to the immortal 1927 team are plentiful. Morehart played only for the 1927 installment. Additionally, the appearance of Don Miller is a rarity and enticing to many pinstripe collectors. Miller was a highly touted pitching prospect from the University of Michigan. He worked out with the club in spring training that year, and even stood next to Ruth in the team photograph. But he never made the big league roster. Finally, the Urban Shocker signature is among the most coveted. Shocker was released by the team during the 1928 season, contracted pneumonia shortly thereafter and died of heart failure on September 9, 1928. These elements combine to elevate this relic to one of the most precious Yankee souvenirs extant. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from JSA.



 
 
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