Amid global unrest and political turmoil, Major League Baseball remained an escape for Americans in 1939. This multi-signed sphere symbolizes the spirit of a fan and his/her love for the National Pastime. The medium-toned Official International League (Shaughnessy) orb is decorated with (12) black-ink fountain pen scriptings (average “7-8” strength) of 1939 diamond principals. In its rightful occupancy of the sweet spot, the bold autograph of Jimmie Foxx shows (“8”) potency as the headliner. Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
Sweet Spot: Jimmie Foxx; North Panel: Frank Hayes and Cliff Melton; South Panel: Walt Masterson, Al Brancato, Charlie Berry and Bud Thomas; West Panel: Wally Moses and Ed Rommel; East Panel:Charley Gelbert, George Case and George McQuinn.
These autographs were likely obtained over the course of the 1939 season, with many acquired at a game between the Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators. There are a few scattered surface abrasions, minimally affecting the trademark stampings and very slight portion of the sweet spot.