1972 Roberto Clemente Multi-signed Final Home Run w/Notorized Letter from Recipiemt (Possible Last Autograph as Player) Oct 10 Full Ticket PSA EX5Go Back
1972 Roberto Clemente Multi-signed Final Home Run w/Notorized Letter from Recipiemt (Possible Last Autograph as Player) Oct 10 Full Ticket PSA EX5
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With pleasure, we offer what quite possibly may be the most historically significant Roberto Clemente-related baseball known to exist. According to a signed letter of confirmation from the person who retrieved it some 34 years ago, this ONL (Feeney) ball was the one that the Pittsburgh Pirate legend hit for his final home run, a solo blast off pitcher Ross Grimsley on Oct. 10, 1972 in Cincinnati. What’s more, remarkably, it may be the final autograph that Clemente delivered as a player.
The story behind the ball is an interesting one to say the least. In Game 4 at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati police officer, Ed Hale, was instructed to patrol the open area between the right field wall and the right field seats. The location was where Clemente took Grimsley for a ride in the 7th inning. Hale said he tracked down the ball, then prior to the decisive Game 5 the next day, he and his partner had it signed by Clemente, teammates Dave Cash, Dave Giusti, Richie Hebner, Bob Robertson and Reds star Joe Morgan in their respective clubhouses. As fate would have it, the Oct. 11 showdown would be the final game that Clemente played in his Hall of Fame career.
The obvious question is, was this the final signature in the hand of Clemente as a player? How many autographs did Clemente consent to before his final game? One? Two? Maybe three? The number had to be very minimal. This much we do know – The distinctive Clemente signature was not easily attainable at any time, particularly on the day the National League pennant would be decided.
The signatures were penned in green ballpoint on three panels and rate a solid “8-9” in strength. Specially, the Clemente autograph is as distinctive as ever, which is to say, one that exudes flair, tempered with pride. Adjacently, the “t” in Robertson represents the slightest intrusion from above. Also in green ballpoint, Hale noted “10-11-72 Red’s [sic] + Pitt” on the fourth panel of the ball, which he’s had in his possession for nearly 30 years. Consistent in staining and toning, the ball is in VG/EX condition and reveals considerable service, a gamer through and through.
Suffice it to say, this represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a milestone ball, one in the career of the great Roberto, the Jackie Robinson of Latin America, among the most talented, courageous and influential athletes of his or any other era.
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1972,Ball,Baseball,Letter,National League,Pennant,Signed,Ticket Bob Robertson,Dave Cash,Dave Giusti,Jackie Robinson,Joe Morgan,Richie Hebner,Roberto Clemente,Ross Grimsley
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