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1944 St. Louis Browns American League Champions Team-Signed Baseball

Lot Number 1667

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Throughout the first half of the 20th Century, one of the few things that kept the Washington Senators out of the cellar was the St. Louis Browns. Typically a second divison team, the Browns enjoyed their best shot at greatness with back to back winning seasons in 1944-1945 and a World Series appearance against their stadium tennents the Cardinals in 1944. Recall the Browns magic moments with this 1944 American League champions team signed ball.

Signed by (26) team members, this period signed OAL/Harridge ball is generally solid with partially faded but easily discernible factory stamps and overall tan toning, to rate as (EX). Autograph quality varies by panel as noted below. Auction LOA from JSA.

Featured signers are:

Sweet Spot average ("7") autograph quality: Mike Kreevich, Milt Byrnes

North Panel average ("6-7"): George Caster, Jack Kramer, Frank Demaree, Hal Epps, George McQuinn, Luke Sewell (manager)

South Panel: (4) autographs average ("7"):  Zach Taylor (coach), Jack Jakucki, Al Zarilla, Don Gutteridge; and (3) average ("4-5"): Vern Stephens, Mark Christman, Earl Jones

East Panel average ("7-8"): Ellis Clary, Red Hayworth, Weldon West, Denny Galehouse

West Panel average ("7-8"): Sam Zoldak, Al Hollingsworth, Gene Moore, Nelson Potter, Joe Schultz, Frank Mancuso, Fred Hofman (coach)

Note: Pitcher Earl Jones played only one year with the Browns at the MLB level in 1945 and had no appearances with the team in 1944; all other signers on this ball were with the Browns in 1944, but (3) were not on the team in 1945 due to WWII military service, who are Hal Epps, Denny Galehouse and Al Zarilla. These three did not play in any games at all in 1945, indicating this ball was either signed in 1944 with Earl Jones in attendance possibly for spring training or some other exhibition, or as a temporary DNP call-up. It also possible the ball was signed in the spring of 1945, but even if that was the case, this ball has a 1944 majority with (25/26) signers participating in the AL championship season, as opposed to (23/26) who played on the 1945 team.

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