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1922 World Series Game-Used Baseball Signed By Ruth, McGraw, Moran and Altrock - Full JSA

Lot Number 656

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The gathering of these four signatures may seem puzzling at first glance, but, as only an enterprising icon like Christy Walsh could arrange, this baseball reads like a “Who’s Who” in heroic diamond legends and near-impossible autographs. Following its use in the 1922 World Series, this ONL Heydler ball was autographed by Babe Ruth, John McGraw, Pat Moran and Nick Altrock. Attached to a wooden blotter, the ball comes with a full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.  



As co-tenants in a no longer amicable relationship, Polo Grounds inhabitants met for the second of three straight Octobers in 1922, but for the last time before the Yankees left their Giants “roommates” for bigger and better things in the Bronx. Secured at that ’22 Fall Classic, the offered baseball is nothing short of spectacular. An ONL Heydler sphere with stampings that date specifically to 1919-1924, this keepsake was used during the World Series and subsequently autographed by: Babe Ruth, John McGraw, Pat Moran and Nick Altrock. Absolutely priceless endorsements individually, these five scriptings were delivered as part of a promotion by shrewd entrepreneur Christy Walsh. With an eye for publicity and a knack for captivating an audience, Walsh sought to “ghost write” syndicated columns for sports greats and in turn, shared the profits. He had already secured “identities” as Christy Mathewson and World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker. Ruth, however, was tougher, as the rising superstar avoided meeting with Walsh. Finally, having staked out Ruth at his luxurious Ansonia Hotel residence in New York City, Walsh volunteered as the delivery boy for a nearby delicatessen and brought the slugger’s beer directly to his penthouse. From there, he talked Ruth into a contract. And at one juncture or another before the 1922 Series, Walsh established ghost writing contracts with McGraw, Moran and Altrock, as well. Brilliant.


So in 1922, they came together representing different Major League teams, but as members of the same syndicate, and compliantly autographed this baseball. The orb shows definitely diamond use with soiling throughout, a uniform coat of period shellac and scattered surface abrasions. The signatures have been executed in black-ink steel tip fountain pen. Includes: Sweet Spot: John McGraw (d,1934; signed “John J. McGraw,” the sizable penning begins on and extends to adjacent panels and maintains “8” strength and clarity); North Panel: Nick Altrock (d.1965, “6” strength); Babe Ruth (d.1948, “2-3” strength); and a Miller Huggins signature that has been deemed a "clubhouse" version; West Panel: Pat Moran (d.1924, “6” strength with minor surface abrasions preventing higher assessment).


The presentation is accented by a 5-1/4 x 3” wooden blotter. The baseball is secured to the blotter which, in turn is fastened and swivels from a curved “rocking” base. Print on the facing is: “Ball Used in World Series 1922 – Giants vs. Yankees.” The reverse features a “Patent Pending” stamping and the flat surface reads “Compliments of Christy Walsh.”


Accompanying is a full photo LOA from JSA.

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