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Babe Ruth Signed Baseball Yankees – COA JSA (Vern Law Provenance)Go Back
Winning Bid: $5,178.42
Winning Bid: $5,178.42
Auction ends: 2020-05-24 00:00
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Vern Law played sixteen seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played in 1950–51 and 1954–67. He signed for the Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1948 and played for three of their minor league affiliates until 1950, when he was promoted to the major leagues. The highlight year or his career was 1960 in which he was a two time All-Star, a Cy Young Award winner and contributed to a World Series ring.
Important to his personal history with the sport of baseball, is his upbringing. How did this new found passion start and what/who was it influenced by? He was pretty darn good at it after all. Well, here we go.
During World War II Vernon Law’s father moved to Mare Island, California, near Santa Rosa, to work at a submarine base. When school was out for the year, the rest of the family followed and Vernon and his brothers were able to play more baseball in California. After the war the family returned to Meridian, where Law’s father worked as an auto and truck repair mechanic.
By Vernon’s freshman year in high school, he had reached his full 6-foot-3 height and weighed 175 pounds, so he was recruited to the football team. He quickly became a star, in part because he could run the 100-yard dash in close to 10 seconds and could throw and kick a football long distances. Law excelled at basketball and baseball in high school as well, despite having to get up at 5 a.m. for part-time jobs that provided the family with much-needed income. During his third year of high school, Meridian won the state championship in football, allowing opponents only six points all season, and in baseball. Vernon was the star pitcher and brother Evan his catcher and the cleanup hitter.
After his junior year, Vernon spent the summer in Boise playing American Legion baseball because Meridian did not have enough players to field a team. Behind Law, the team won their district, state, and regional Legion championships, advancing to the sectional tournament in Billings, Montana, as one of the top 12 Legion teams in the nation. There he met and obtained an autographed ball from Babe Ruth,who was the banquet speaker. Meeting Ruth cemented Law’s desire to make a career for himself in baseball. He also began attracting professional scouts, spurred on by a 25-strikeout performance in a tournament game.
This is the ahh ha moment we have been waiting for in order to properly describe this item. It is indeed a catalyst type item from one of the most career influencing people anyone can meet…Babe Ruth. According to Law’s provenance letter, he did his part in order to meet the legend. His American Legion team went up the levels of winning through Districts and State and then to the final (Sectionals) tournament in Billings, Montana. The banquet at the tournament featured Ruth as the distinguished guest speaker. Law recalled, Ruth was under the weather and spoke with a whisper but was generous enough to sign a few baseballs for the boys. This meeting was more than expected as Law’s career path in baseball only got significantly better.
The baseball which was given to Law shows toning/aging with rough texture in spots which does not affect the signature. The William Harridge (A.L. President) period stamping has faded but is visible. The autograph is on the sweet spot by Ruth is in blue pen (“5”). In additional documentation, Law grants his family with specific items from his life and career. This influential baseball is part of that grouping. Fortunately, it is offered by the family and Law himself now in order to continue his legacy forward and might perhaps gain a future professional ballplayer in its influence.
Authentication: JSA Full Letter, Vern Law Provenance Letters (Photo Copies Only).