1944 USO Tour Signed OAL Ball with Rare HOF Harry Heilmann on South Panel.Go Back
1944 USO Tour Signed OAL Ball with Rare HOF Harry Heilmann on South Panel.
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During WWII, hosts of famous personalities brought light and respite to bleak theaters of combat around the globe, as did high-profile sporting celebrities. In 1944, The USO deployed of a select group of Major Leaguers to lend comfort to many of those battle-weary soldiers. 23 stars upped for this tour, and during their exchanges, five signed this clean OAL (Harridge) ball on separate panels, including Hall of Famer Harry Heilmann. The great Detroit Tigers star who retired with a .342 lifetime BA, died young in 1951, and his autograph in this format is, in a word, RARE. Harry provided a lone signature on the south panel – and a fine gift to future collectors who may not wish to ante up the thousands of dollars a Heilmann single-signed ball commands. Giant star Freddie Fitzsimmons signed the sweet spot and and his Hall of Fame-bound teammate Carl Hubbell took the east, with umpire Bill Summers going west. The south signature is John Carmichael’s – the accomplished Chicago Daily News writer assigned to the tour. All signatures rate a conservative “7-8” in strength with Heilmann topping the scale. The ball has survived six decades in splendid original condition.
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1944,Ball,Detroit Tigers,Signed Bill Summers,Carl Hubbell,Freddie Fitzsimmons,Harry Heilmann
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