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1934 All-Star Team-Signed Baseball 23 Sigs. Incl. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Walter Johsnon, Jimmie Foxx, Heinie Manush, Joe Cronin, Earl Averill, Lefty Gomez, Chas Gehringer, Pinky Higgins etc.

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1934 All-Star Team-Signed Baseball 23 Sigs. Incl. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Walter Johsnon, Jimmie Foxx, Heinie Manush, Joe Cronin, Earl Averill, Lefty Gomez, Chas Gehringer, Pinky Higgins etc.

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The first Major League All-Star Game in 1933 was a one-time deal meant to be a spectacular marketing ploy to flock fans to the nearby World’s Fair in Chicago. However, the joining of forces of immortal baseball greatness was so successful the event became annual.

Presented is a baseball featuring the joined forces of the American League All-Stars in the early 1930s. The majority of the 23 signers were on the 1934 squad. This Official American League (Harridge) baseball itself is highly qualified by virtue of solid stamping and moderate but expected toning (from age). Signers in steel tip fountain pen include Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Walter Johnson, Jimmie Foxx, Heinie Manush, Joe Cronin, Lefty Gomez, Red Ruffing, Chas Gehringer, Pinky Higgins, , Don Heffner, Mike Martin, Eddie Rommel, Jimmy Dykes, Earl Averill, Mel Harder, Buddy Myer, Al Simmons, Tom Bridges, Mickey Cochrine, Jack Russell and Ben Chapman. Please note, the Bill Dickey signature is a clubhouse.

This ball comes from the estate of Harry Clayton Richards was an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey and the first president of the Jockeys’ Guild. Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro said Richards: “was strong in character and who maintained a steady belief in our organization [Jockeys’ Guild]. Incidentally, he was one of the greatest riders of my time, the first switch-hitter in our business and the one from whom I copied switch-hitting.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Richards began riding professionally in 1924. During his career he rode for prominent owners such as Walter Jeffords, George Widener and William duPont, Jr. In 1937 he rode duPont’s colt Rosemont to victory in the Santa Anita Handicap, defeating Seabiscuit, a scene used in the 2003 motion picture Seabiscuit in which Richards was portrayed by jockey Corey Black. In 1936, Harry Richards rode Jeome Louchheim’s colt Pompoon to victory in the richest and most prestigious race for juveniles, the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park.

Pompoon was voted American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt honors. In 1937, he rode Pompoon to a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby to War Admiral, finishing a length and a half back.

Among his other top grade horses, Richards was the regular jockey for George Widener’s future Hall of Fame inductee Eight Thirty on whom he won the 1939 Travers Stakes, the 1940 Suburban Handicap and in his final year as a jockey, the Metropolitan Handicap. In 1940, Harry Richards was a founding member of the Jockeys’ Guild and served as the organization’s first president. Retired from riding, Harry Richards owned and trained horses for several years. He and his wife Daisy were living in Solana Beach, California when he died at age seventy-two in January 1980.

JSA Auction House Letter, Letter of Provenance, JSA Full Letter

 

 

84541-67

Additional information

Weight2 lbs
Dimensions12 × 12 × 12 in
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