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1941 Yankees-Dodgers Multi-Signed Ball From Pre-Season Game in Durham - Includes Dickey, Durocher, Medwick, Waner and Full Beckett LOA

Lot Number 491

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As they headed north from their respective spring training sites in St. Petersburg, Florida and Havana, Cuba, the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers met in Durham, North Carolina as they prepared for the opening of the 1941 season. An inconsequential exhibition at Durham Athletic Park (briefly the home of the Dodgers’ Piedmont League affiliate), the match-up proved to be a preview for that year’s World Series – the first of seven Bronx-Brooklyn tilts between 1941 and 1956. Arguably the earliest “Subway Series” relic, this baseball is autographed by (25) participants from that April 8, 1941 showdown. The medium is an OAL Harridge example that appears to have endured diamond use. Blue-ink endorsements range between (“9”) and (“5-6”) in terms of strength and clarity and include: Sweet Spot: Joe Medwick (“7-8” strength) and Joe McCarthy (traced); North Panel: Johnny Murphy, Van Mungo, Lew Riggs, Bill Dickey, Tom Henrich and Dixie Walker; South Panel: Red Rolfe, Pee Wee Reese (“7-8” strength), Dolph Camilli, Leo Durocher (“7” strength), Jim Wasdell and Curt Davis (traced); West Panel: Paul Waner (“8” strength), Harry Lavagetto, Joe DiMaggio (traced), Buddy Blair and Joe Gordon (“6” strength); East Panel: Hank Borowy, George Washburn, Frank Crosetti, John Lindell, Charlie Keller and Joe Vosmik. As noted above, the signatures of Davis, DiMaggio and McCarthy are authentic, have been traced over in an unknown hand. On the stampings panel, a handwritten notation reads “BKN. 5 N.Y. 1.” Further evidence of the meeting’s “exhibition” status are the appearances of Blair and Borowy, who played for the Yankees’ Newark affiliate and did not appear with the parent club that year. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from Beckett Authentication Services.  

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