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1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers Team-Signed Ball (Robinson, Campanella, Koufax)Go Back
1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers Team-Signed Ball (Robinson, Campanella, Koufax)
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For disciples of a Brooklyn past, memory of the 1955 season today serves as an abstract shrine of atonement. Leading into that season, the cross-town Yankees had smugly lost count of their championships while the travail of frustration would lend no pity to the denizens of Flatbush. The Dodgers presently enjoyed a dynasty of sorts – one strictly limited to the National League – and almost routinely, they claimed the ’55 pennant. The bitterly contested Games of that October, however, resulted in an astonishing Brooklyn victory – an unprecendented conquest of epic dimension. The World Series of 1955, then, stands as a glorious, towering monolith on the stark landscape of ageless Yankee supremacy. (Take THAT!)
And from the 1955 season, there remains this splendidly autographed baseball. It’s an ONL (Giles), and it holds 25 identities constituting the principal force responsible for that year’s World Crown. The medium is gently and uniformly toned, and mingled on the stamped sweet spot is a handwritten notation trumpeting “1955 World Series Champs.” We should pause to consider this inscription. It fairly affirms that the ball was signed after the victor had been determined – quite possibly during the inevitable festivities that surely ensued. Furthermore, our authenticators have dismissed three of these signatures (Roger Craig, Johnny Podres and Karl Spooner) as “clubhouse.” Indeed, these pennings (which appear together on the north panel) were mismanaged – We offer, alternatively, an explanation that all three of those pitchers maybe did sign this ball after partaking excessively in celebratory “cake and ice cream.”
Advancing now to the central elements of this ball, we report that trong>Walt Alston, the beloved and able skipper, appears solely on the sweet spot. Then evenly distributed around the panels, and thoroughly “8-9” in strength, there project the autographs of Carl Furillo, trong>Duke Snider, trong>Pee Wee Reese, Don Newcombe, Russ Meyer, trong>Gil Hodges, Rube Walker, trong>Roy Campanella (“trong>9”), Jim Gilliam, George Shuba, Clem Labine, Don Bessent, Jake Pitler, Don Zimmer, rookie trong>Sandy Koufax (“trong>8-9”), Don Hoak, Billy Loes, Carl Erskine, Sandy Amoros, Ed Roebuck and trong>Jackie Robinson (“trong>8”).
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1955,Ball,National League,Signed,World Series,Yankees Billy Loes,Carl Erskine,Carl Furillo,Don Bessent,Don Hoak,Don Newcombe,Don Zimmer,Ed Roebuck,George Shuba,Jake Pitler,Jim Gilliam,Johnny Podres,Karl Spooner,Roger Craig,Russ Meyer,Sandy Amoros
Auction End: 05-Jul-06 Post Views: 5032
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