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Lot # 598: Warren Giles, Ford Frick, & Joe Cronin Signed Photograph (PSA)

Starting Bid: $200.00

Bids: 6 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Classic",
which ran from 2/25/2024 10:00 AM to
3/16/2024 10:00 PM

Displayed is a rare 1960s signed original, vintage photo of Major League Baseball's three ruling '60s executives, from left-to-right: National League President Warren Giles; Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick; American League President Joe Cronin. The signed photo is a prized item because it was rare to have all three of the abovementioned baseball executives together. Warren Giles is a Baseball Hall of Famer as an executive. He served the Cincinnati Reds as a general manager or president for 33 years (1937-51). He was the National League President from 1951-69, and he presided over numerous franchise shifts and baseball's biggest period of expansion. His son, Bill Giles, was a former President of the Philadelphia Phillies. Ford Frick was a former sportswriter and baseball announcer who was Babe Ruth's ghostwriter and became a long-time friend of the Bambino. Frick became the Public Relations Director for the National League and then the NL President (1934-51). He served as baseball's third commissioner (1951-65). When Roger Maris was on the verge of breaking Ruth's single-season home run record of 60, Frick suggested that a mark be placed next to a Roger Maris new single-season home run record in the record books because it would have taken Maris a 162-game schedule to break the record as opposed to Ruth's 154 game schedule. Sportswriter Dick Young christened the mark as an asterisk and legend has it that an asterisk was placed next to Maris's record, which was not the case since Frick's proposed "mark" next to the record was only a suggestion, not an order, and baseball itself did not have its own official record book at that time. Frick is in the Hall of Fame as an executive, and the Hall of Fame Award for Broadcasting is named for him. Joe Cronin was a Hall of Fame shortstop who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1926-27), Washington Senators (1928-34), and Boston Red Sox (1935-47). He batted .301 lifetime and was a 7-time All-Star. He was a player-manager for the Red Sox from 1935-45 and was solely Boston's manager in 1946-47. The signatures, all in blue fountain pen, average 7.5/10 and have been encapsulated and authenticated by PSA as Original Auto.

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