Perennial contenders throughout the 1920s, the Pittsburgh Pirates were celebrated (and feared) for their bats. The 1923 installment paced the circuit with a .295 team batting average and 111 triples. This ONL Heydler ball is autographed by (15) members of that offensive-minded Bucs roster. The medium-toned orb showcases blue-ink fountain pen scriptings that average (“4”) strength and clarity. Keys include: Carey, Maranville and McKechnie (manager). Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
Sweet Spot: McKechnie (manager; “5” strength) and Carey (signed “Max “Scoops” Carey); North Panel: W. Schmidt, Mueller, Boehler, Adams, Grimm and Mattox; South Panel: this panel is home to an inscription which reads: “Presented C. Barnhart’s June 17, 1923 at Cumberland, Md.” This detail is consistent with the 1923 season, as June 17 was a Sunday off day and Barnhart resided in rural western Maryland; West Panel: Bigbee (signed “C.L. “Skeet” Bigbee”), Russell, Barnes, Maranville and Bagby; East Panel: Rawlings and Barnhart.
Note: the signatures of Adams, Bigbee and Boehler have been enhanced (traced over) in an unknown hand.
Also included is a 1922 American Caramel E120 Clyde Barnhardt, which is encapsulated and Graded 40 VG 3 by SGC.