While Jewish-American swimmer Mark Spitz was setting world records every time he won one of his seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics, the most horrific event in sports history marked the Munich Games with tragedy. The world was fascinated by Spitz' glorious dominance of the swimming events and horrified by the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group, which kidnapped and murdered eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team. Having completed his competitions, Spitz was asked to go home for his own safety. He retired from competition at the age of twenty-two and his gold medal record stood until Michael Phelps topped him with eight gold medals in a single Olympics in 2008. Recall the highs and lows of the '72 Olympics with this Mark Spitz single-signed ("9") OML/Selig baseball (NM-MT+). JSA basic cert/sticker.
While not a horrific tragedy, Nancy Kerrigan's story is still pretty bizarre. Winner of an Olympic bronze medal in 1992 and a silver medal in 1994, Kerrigan was attacked by a hired thug at a practice session in Detroit's Cobo Arena, at the behest of Tonya Harding and her husband. The "hit-man" wacked Kerrigan on the leg with a police baton, in attempt to knock her out of the '94 Lillehammer Winter Games, but Nancy made a quick recovery and represented the USA in fine fashion at the '94 Winter Games. Kerrigan has signed ("8-9") an OML/Selig ball (NM-MT). JSA basic cert/sticker.
To conclude this trio of sweet-spot single-signed balls, we have a Ben Johnson signed ("8") OML/Selig ball (NM-MT+) with "9-79" inscription added. Johnson's story is also interesting, though it has a less favorable outcome than that of celebrated athletes Spitz and Kerrigan. Johnson followed up two bronze medals in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, by notching two third place finishes at Seoul in 1988, but was disqualified for doping. JSA basic cert/sticker.