[BASEBALL-SIGNED] 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers signed baseball including Jackie Robinson.
Dodgers souvenir ball with the team's printed logo and 24 signatures total. Recently authenticated by Beckett (see note) of the 24 signatures 22 are authentically signed including Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax many other key players, and 2 are "clubhouse" signatures being Duke Snider and Ed Roebuck. Very fine and clean with dark signatures and only minor thumbsoiling.
The signatures comprising: manager Walt Alston (sweet spot). On sides: Jackie Robinson; Don Hoak; Bob Borkowski; George Shuba; Roy Campanella; Carl Erskine. Dixie Howell; Gil Hodges; Johnny Podres; Frank Kellert. Russ Meyer; Don Newcombe; Don Zimmer; Billy Loes; Pee Wee Reese; Sandy Amoros; Duke Snider. Carl Furillo; Clem Labine; Karl Spooner; Sandy Koufax; Jim Gilliam; Ed Roebuck.
A fine ball signed by the 1955 World Series winning Brooklyn Dodgers including Jackie Robinson. The 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers were the pinnacle of success. The team finished the regular season 13.5 games ahead in the National League pennant race having lead the league in both runs scored and fewest runs allowed. The crowning achievement was winning the World Season against rivals the New York Yankees. The team featured a who's who of top players and future Hall of Famers including Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella, Carl Erskine, Gil Hodges, Duke Snider, Don Zimmer and pitchers Don Newcombe, Johnny Podres, and a young Sandy Koufax. This ball is identified as 1955 for the inclusion of Frank Kellert who was only on the team in 1955.
This ball was authenticated by Beckett Authentication Services on April 12th, 2020 at their event in White Plains, New York. All of the signatures on the ball were authenticated excepting the Snider and Roebuck which are "clubhouse" signed. An authentication certificate will be provided by Beckett about 30 days from the event and will be available to the buyer upon its arrival.
The ball is from the collection of journalist Donald S. Connery (1921-2021), a "widely traveled foreign correspondent during the 'golden age of journalism,' author, and eloquent advocate for criminal justice reform." After serving in the Army in World War II and attending Harvard on the GI Bill, Connery was hired by Time, Inc. in 1950 and acquired this ball on assignment during this period which also included foreign correspondent work for Sports Illustrated. In his obituary, Connery's professional associations are listed including Jackie Robinson.
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