An immensely intriguing team-signed New York Yankees baseball, this keepsake holds 25 autographs. World Champions of the 1951 season. Even casual Yankee devotees will recall that 1951 witnessed the passing of the torch from DiMaggio to Mantle and, for that campaign, exclusively, the two immortals were rostered together.
The ball is a official American League baseball the quality of the signatures 9-8. All of them are readily legible, but as a function of the ball’s natural toning (after a half century)
We note that on east panel there appears the handwritten notation “1951 World Champs” Such a reference is not uncommon in vintage team signed balls.
It’s universally known that Mantle debuted in 1951, and that DiMaggio tendered his resignation from baseball in the off-season that followed.
This ball signed by (club house) Joe DiMaggio & Casey Stengel ” not a club house” (Rookie) Mickey Mantle Hank Bauer Yogi Berra, Bobby Brown, Jerry Coleman, Johnny Hopp, Ralph Houk, Ed Lopat, Gil McDougald, Tom Morgan, Joe Ostrowski, Stub Overmire Vic Raschi, Phil Rizzuto, Spec Shea, Charlie Silvera, Bobby Hogue, Art Schallock, Allie Reynolds, Gene Woodling, Johnny Sain, Jim Brideweser, Bob Kuzava