From a 1936 Boston installment that embraced a new identity to a 1970 Queens-based roster defending perhaps the games most unlikely world championship, these (10) team-signed baseballs are a fine representation of baseball history. Keys include: 1936 Bees: with Lopez and McKechnie; 1950 Athletics: with Dykes and Lehner; 1952 Indians/Red Sox: with White and Wynn; 1957 Phillies: with Ashburn and Hamner; 1964 Cubs: with Banks and B. Williams; 1964 Giants: with Mays and McCovey; 1970 Mets: with Ryan and Seaver; 1973 Cubs: with Banks and Jenkins; 1977 Orioles: with Murray and B. Robinson; 1977 Dodgers: with Garvey and Lasorda; 1978 Phillies: with Carlton and Ozark; 1979 Yankees: with Hunter and R. Jackson. Individual full photo LOAs from JSA. More on our website.
1936 Boston Bees: the sphere is affected by toning and shows apparent game use (manufacturers stampings are no longer visible). Signatures have been executed in black-ink steel tip fountain pen and average (5) strength and clarity. The ball has been covered with a uniform coat of period shellac. Includes: Sweet Spot: E. Fletcher, B. Brown and unidentified; North Panel: Blanche, Babich, McCloskey, Chitwood and Berger; South Panel: Thompson, Tyler, Benge, Lanning and Bi. Lewis; West Panel: B. Smith, Moriarty, Lee (repeat signature), Doll, Leach and J. Coscarart; East Panel: Quinn (owner), Bu. Lewis (played on 1936 Senators) and (2) unidentified); Reverse Sweet Spot: Cuccinello, McKechnie (manager (5 strength), A. Lopez (5-6 strength) and Mueller. Note: the presence of certain names (particularly, those of Elbie Fletcher and Ken Chitwood) indicate that this ball was likely signed during the Braves 1936 spring training session.
1950 Philadelphia Athletics: an off-white OAL Harridge ball (grade 6) signed in steel-tip fountain pen (signatures average 6-7 strength) by: Sweet Spot: J. Stevens (umpire); North Panel: Guintini, Wyse, Byrd and Shantz; South Panel: Dillinger, McCosky, Dykes (coach), Joost and Scheib; West Panel: Chapman; East Panel: Brissie, Lehner (d.1967), Suder, Hooper and Coleman
1952 Cleveland Indians/Boston Red Sox: a lightly toned OAL Harridge ball (grade 6) signed in blue ballpoint (signatures average 8 strength) by: Sweet Spot: N. Kiner (wife of Raplh Kiner); North Panel: Goodman, Schreiber (coach), White, Scarborough and Rozek; South Panel: Avila; West Panel: Wynn; East Panel: Stirnweiss, Benton and Evers
1957 Philadelphia Phillies: mildly toned and creamy ONL Giles ball (grade 6-7) signed in blue ballpoint (signatures average 6 strength) by: Sweet Spot: Simmons (clubhouse) and Smith (manager); North Panel: Bengough (coach), Farrell, Blaylock, unidentified, Lonnett, Anderson and Hemus; South Panel: Morehead, Fernandez, Bowman, Bouchee, Ashburn, Repulski and McDonnell (coach); West Panel: Miller, Sanford, Jones and Hamner; East Panel: Roberts (clubhouse), Hacker, Haddix, Meyer, Seminick (coach), Harmon, Lopata and Kazanski
1964 Chicago Cubs: mildly toned and creamy ONL Giles ball (grade 6-7) signed in ballpoint (signatures average 5 strength) by: Sweet Spot: Kennedy (coach) and L. Jackson; North Panel: Amalfitano, Gabrielson, Boccabella, Banks, McDaniel, Ellsworth and Santo; South Panel: L. Burdette, B. Williams, Stewart, Roznovsky, Burton, Bertell, Elston and Buhl; West Panel: Schaffer, Campbell, Kessinger, Clemens and Burke; East Panel: Flavin, Cowan, Gregory, Broglio, F. Burdette, F. Martin (coach) and Rodgers
1964 San Francisco Giants: a snow-white ONL Giles ball (grade 9-10) which amazingly maintains its (MT) appearance 50 years later; ballpoint pennings average (6-7) strength and clarity with: Sweet Spot: Cepeda and Dark (facsimile stamping); North Panel: Mays, McCovey, Herbel, M. Alou, Pagαn, Shaw, Haller and Bolin; South Panel: Peterson, Marichal, Pierce, Lanier, hart, Davenport, Snider and G. Perry; West Panel: ODell, Pregenzer, Estelle, Kuenn and Hiller; East Panel: Crandall, Duffalo, Hendley and Murakami
1970 New York Mets: near-white ONL Giles ball (grade 8) signed in ballpoint (signatures average 6 strength) by: Sweet Spot: Hodges (clubhouse); North Panel: Clendenon, Taylor, Boswell, Sadecki, Kranepool, Ryan and Weis; South Panel: Yost (coach), Seaver, McAndrew, Dyer, Jorgensen, Agee and Garrett; West Panel: McGraw, Harrelson, Swoboda, Koosman, Berra (coach), Gentry and Koonce; East Panel: Pignatano (coach), unidentified, Foy, Boswell (repeat signature) and Jones
1973 Chicago Cubs: clean near-white team-issued souvenir ball (grade 8) signed in black ballpoint (signatures average 7 strength) by: Sweet Spot: Lockman (manager); North Panel: Popovich, Locker, Beckert, Hooton, Bonham and Rudolph; South Panel: Hiser, Kessinger, Fanzone, Gura, Hundley, Santo and Borque; West Panel: Hickman, B. Williams, Jenkins, Pizarro, Garrett and Banks (coach); East Panel: LaRoche, Monday, Pappas, James, R. Reuschel and Aker
1977 Baltimore Orioles: a snow-white OAL MacPhail ball (grade 9) signed in ballpoint (signatures average 7 strength) by: Sweet Spot: Weaver (clubhouse) and Hunter (coach); North Panel: Frey (coach), Holdsworth, Garcia, B. Robinson, Shopay, Palmer, Bumbry and Singleton; South Panel: Murray, Harlow, Belanger, DeCinces and Kelly; West Panel: Dempsey, Bamberger, Dauer, McGregor and D. Miller; East Panel: Ripken, Sr., Skaggs and L. May
1977 Los Angeles Dodgers: a clean off-white ONL Feeney ball (grade 8) signed in black ballpoint (signatures average 7 strength) by: Sweet Spot: Lasorda (manager); North Panel: Hooton and Rhoden; South Panel: John, Basgall (coach) and Cey; West Panel: Rautzhan, Garvey and Goodson; East Panel: Powell, Hough and Russell; Reverse Sweet Spot: Mota
1978 Philadelphia Phillies: clean off-white team-issued souvenir ball (grade 8) signed in ballpoint (signatures average 7 strength) by: Sweet Spot: Ozark (manager); North Panel: DeMars (coach), Brusstar, Wine (coach), Bowa, Johnstone and Garber; South Panel: Carlton, McCarver, D. Johnson, Hebner, Sizemore, Lerch and Cardenal; West Panel: Taylor (coach), Harrelson, Foote, Christenson and Martin; East Panel: Rippelmeyer (coach), Beringer (coach), Boone, Reed and Kaat; Reverse Sweet Spot: Morrison
1979 New York Yankees: a medium-toned OAL MacPhail ball (grade 5) signed in ballpoint (signatures average 6-7 strength) by: Sweet Spot: Martin (manager) North Panel: Fowler (coach), Ferraro (coach), Hegan (coach), Gulden, Gossage and Piniella; South Panel: Tiant, Lau (coach), Spencer, Brown, Davis and Scala (bullpen catcher); West Panel: Randle, Hood, John, Guidry, Torborg (coach) and Hunter; East Panel: Murcer (clubhouse), Berra (coach), Gamble, Nettles, White and Dent; Reverse Sweet Spot: R. Jackson