Likely autographed during the 1916 World Series, this Brooklyn Robins team-signed baseball comes from the family of Red Sox first baseman Dick Hoblitzell, who played for Boston between 1914-1918. Dick and his roommate Babe Ruth helped the Bosox win the championship that year. The Robins - who hadn't played in the postseason since 1900 - were led by Casey Stengel, who was the lone bright spot during a 4-1 Boston win in the Series. Casey is one of 27 signatures visible here, including: Wilbert Robinson, Chief Meyers, Nap Rucker, Zack Wheat, Rube Marquard, Jack Coombs, Mike Mowrey, Otto Miller, Ollie O'Mara, Hy Myers, Larry Cheney, Sherry Smith, Wheezer Dell, George Cutshaw, Jimmy Johnston, Mack Wheat, Fred Merkle, Jeff Pfeffer and others. Signatures rate 5/10 with the better names being the boldest signatures. They were signed on an official National League John Tener baseball, which is in VG-EX condition. Comes with 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.