Team-signed baseball with Walter Johnson on the sweet spot, from the year of his last World Series appearance
Official Reach American League (Johnson) baseball signed in ink on the sweet spot and side panels by 17 members of the 1925 pennant-winning Washington Senators team, including: Walter Johnson (ss), Bucky Harris (ss), Sam Rice, Stan Coveleski, Roger Peckinpaugh, Joe Judge, Allen Russell, Tex Jeanes, Tom Zachary, Joe Harris, Al Schacht, Earl McNeely, Spencer Adams, Alex Ferguson, Muddy Ruel, Harry Leibold, and Everett Scott. Also bears a clubhouse signature of Dutch Ruether. In very good condition, with soiling, toning from a light coat of shellac, and scuffing affecting most of the signatures; the manufacturer's stampings are generally strong with a few scuffs, including the facsimile signature of AL President Ban Johnson on a side panel.
Coming off a heroic win in the 1924 World Series, the Washington Senators looked to repeat in 1925. They again won the American League pennant, but faltered in the World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Peckinpaugh, the typically steady-handed shortstop, committed a record-breaking eight errors; Johnson dominated in Games 1 and 4, but lost the deciding Game 7 match-up. Ban Johnson accused player-manager Bucky Harris of failing to relieve Walter Johnson 'for sentimental reasons.' Despite the second-guessing, Harris always said, 'If I had it to do over again, I'd still pitch Johnson.'
Provenance: The Roger Peckinpaugh Family.