The Baltimore Orioles of the 19th century left Charm City for Gotham City, becoming the New York Highlanders/Yankees. That meant a 50-year drought for Baltimore big-league baseball, until the St. Louis Browns franchise morphed into the new Orioles of 1954. This medium-toned, soiled and stained OAL (Harridge) ball is dated in an unidentified hand, "7/29/54," and its signatures average "5-7" overall. The most notable inclusion is Howie Fox, who was stabbed to death during an altercation in front of his San Antonio tavern in 1955. Don Larsen was also on the roster, having come over from the Browns. Full LOA from JSA.
Sweet Spot: Jim Fridley, Jimmie Dykes
North Panel: Bob Young, Ray Murray, Lou Kretlow, Sam Mele, Frank Skaff
South Panel: Duane Pillette, Mike Blyzka, Chuck Diering, Gil Coan, Bob Turley, Les Moss, one other
West Panel: Ed Waitkus, Jim Brideweser, Dick Kryhoski, Vern Stephens, Chico Garcia, Cal Abrams
East Panel: Bob Kennedy, Bob Chakales, Harry Brecheen, Howie Fox (d.55), Don Larsen (2nd season), Joe Coleman, Ray Murray