This 1914 Red Sox team-signed baseball comes directly from the family of first baseman Dick Hoblitzell who hit .319 for Boston that season. The official American League Ban Johnson baseball features a handwritten "1914" inscription on the label sweet spot. There are 25 signatures in total, including Tris Speaker, Duffy Lewis, Harry Hooper, Everett Scott, Joe Wood, Ray Collins, Vean Gregg, Heinie Wagner, Rube Foster, Larry Gardner, Bill Carrigan, Hugh Bedient, Del Gainer and Hoblitzell of the Red Sox, There are also 11 signatures from the Philadelphia Athletics, who finished 8.5 games ahead of the Sox to capture the pennant: Frank Baker, Eddie Collins, Chief Bender, Herb Pennock, Jack Coombs, Bullet Joe Bush, Amos Strunk, Rube Bressler, Rube Oldring, Eddie Murphy and Ira Thomas. Comes with a PSA LOA.
Lelands is pleased to offer the collection of Babe Ruth’s former roommate, Dick Hoblitzell, in our 2019 Fall Classic sale. Hoblitzell started his career off with the Cincinnati Reds from 1908-14 and then closed his career out with the Boston Red Sox from 1914-1918. During his time with the Red Sox, he roomed with Babe Ruth on the road and became a two-time World Series Champion in 1915 and 1916. In 1918, Hoblitzell started the season off batting 1-for-25 and was then replaced by his former roommate Babe Ruth! Ranging from a 1915 World Champion Red Sox team signed baseball to game balls and Dick’s personal World Series programs, there is a little bit of everything in this “fresh to market” collection. Each lot sources from the family of Dick Hoblitzell and can be found in the “Dick Hoblitzell Collection” category of the current auction.