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Lot #9273
Walter Johnson 1924 World Series Signed Baseball

Extraordinary single-signed Walter Johnson baseball from the 1924 World Series

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Extraordinary single-signed Walter Johnson baseball from the 1924 World Series

Official Reach American League (Johnson) baseball signed in fountain pen on the sweet spot, "Walter Johnson." Below Johnson's signature is a collector's notation of "Oct. 9, 1924," the date of Game 6. On a side panel, the scores of each game have been recorded, with the heading "Washington 'Senators,' 1924 World Champs." The last entry in the list reads: "Oct. 10—Wash. 4—N.Y. 3, Johnson Won." In good condition, with scattered scuffing, soiling, and flecks of loss to the leather, significantly affecting Johnson's faded signature. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.

Based on the significant contemporary annotations, this ball was probably caught by a fan sometime during the World Series and signed by Washington's ace on October 9th. Uncharacteristically, Johnson had already lost twice in the series—Game 1 on October 5th and Game 5 on October 8th. On short rest, the 'Big Train' came into Game 7 in relief during the ninth inning, with the game tied at 3-3. He pitched four shutout innings to earn the win in what is considered one of the most dramatic World Series games of all time. An exceedingly rare single-signed baseball from one of baseball's most legendary pitchers.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Sports Auction
  • Dates: #528 - Ended June 21, 2018

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