This Cardinals collection comes to us from the former accountant for Whitey Herzog and Cards owner Fred Saigh. Saigh purchased the team in 1947, ran into tax-evasion problems that led to a brief jail sentence in 1953, and sold the Cardinals to local brewery Anheuser-Busch—a decision credited with saving the franchise from relocating. (The Browns left instead, becoming the Baltimore Orioles.) Saigh's accountant mainly obtained these balls from Saigh and Herzog through charity fundraising events.
ONL or Cardinal logo balls with creamy-toned to creamy-white surfaces and "8-10" signatures, unless otherwise noted. Includes Musial ("9-10"); O. Smith (2 - one inscribed "HOF 02", the other unofficial with a two-toned signature); Herzog (medium-toned); B. Gibson ("7"); Slaughter (inscribed "HOF 85"); Schoendienst; Pujols; Coleman (medium-toned, nicely inscribed "Best Wishes & Good Luck"); Worrell; Forsch ("6" strength); C. Ford; Magrane; Joe Buck (broadcaster); Fred Saigh; one other. Also a pair of dual-signed balls for Carlton/Torre and Oquendo/Pena (medium-toned).
1990 Cardinals: Creamy-white ONL (White) ball, 19 "7-10" signatures w/Herzog, O. Smith, Tewksbury, T. Jones, M. Thompson, Pagnozzi, Costello, Morris, Zeile, Oquendo, Walling, Brunansky, DiPino, Collins, Carpenter, Pendleton, DeLeon, Niedenfuer, Hill.
1990 Cardinals: Creamy-toned ONL (White) ball, 25 "6-8" signatures w/Herzog, O. Smith, Schoendienst, T. Jones, Horton, Hudler, B. Smith, Pagnozzi, Walling, DeLeon, Collins, Zeile, Oquendo, Tewksbury, Terry, DiPino, McGee, Morris, Coleman, Pendleton, Thompson, Niedenfuer, three others.
1991 Cardinals: Creamy-white ONL (White) ball, 20 "7-10" signatures w/Herzog, T. Jones, DeLeon, B. Smith, Thompson, Pendleton, Morris, Brunansky, Collins, Oquendo, Terry, Walling, Zeile, Hudler, Tewksbury, Horton, McGee, Niedenfuer, Cox, one other.
Auction LOA from JSA.