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Lot # 655: 1944 AL Champions St. Louis Browns Team-Signed Baseball

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 5 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring Classic 2022",
which ran from 5/20/2022 7:00 PM to
6/11/2022 10:00 PM

Presented is a very rare team baseball, one signed by the 1944 St. Louis Browns. The Browns shared Sportsman Park in St. Louis with the Cardinals, as their tenants. World War II had taken away many players, but early on in the war, the Browns endeavored to obtain players who were classified as 4-f, unfit for military duty. This helped the normally second division team to become a contender. The 1944 pennant race went down to the last day in a three-way tie between the Browns, the New York Yankees, and the Detroit Tigers. On the final day, the Tigers lost to the Senators and then the Browns defeated the Yankees to take the pennant. The World Series was the only time there ever was an all-St. Louis World Series. The Cardinals prevailed in six games. The Official American League ball was signed immediately after the Series in black fountain pen ink. The ball was given by Browns' manager Luke Sewell to his brother Joe. Joe signed the ball and kept it, where it remained in his personal collection and then with his family after his death in 1991. The 29 signatures include: Manager Sewell, Vern Stephens (the Browns' top slugger), Chet Laabs, Sig Jakucki, Mike Kreevich, Jack Kramer, Nelson Potter, Don Gutteridge, Al Zarilla, George McQuinn, Denny Galehouse, Mark Christman, and many more. The ball is clean and around EX-MT. The signatures average 6-7/10.

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