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Kenesaw Mountain Landis Single-Signed 1934 ONL Heydler Ball - Full JSA

Lot Number 650

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As controversy threatened to ruin Major League Baseball in the early-1920s, the game was, almost immediately, saved. It wasn’t a late-inning home run, nor a dramatic comeback. No, it wasn’t anything that occurred on the diamond, but rather, the iron fist of a strict federal judge who had been summoned to clean up the tarnished institution. Unyielding in his verdicts and unwavering on his policies, Kenesaw Mountain Landis single-handedly restored the public’s faith in baseball. His mettle was rare, as is his coveted autograph. This ONL Heydler baseball is autographed by Landis. The medium-toned orb dates specifically to 1934 and bears a design as the first Senior Circuit ball to have red laces (as opposed to red-and-black). On the sweet spot, Landis has signed “Kenesaw M. Landis” in black-ink steel tip fountain pen. The lengthy scripting flows evenly and projects (“7”) strength and clarity. On the south panel, a facsimile signature stamping of Daniel H. Hill suggests that this ball was used in Piedmont League play. There are areas of period shellac on this keepsake, none of which affect Landis’ bold signature. Full photo LOA from JSA.

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