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The 1955 Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, New York welcomed six new members into its cherished fraternity. Presented is an OAL William Harridge baseball signed by (21) players in attendance at this ceremony, including four of the six inductees. This wonderful ball is stacked with legendary signatures including Sweet Spot: Waner, Speaker; West: Rolfe, Gehringer, Cobb; East: Keller, Terry, Ruffing, Mize, Lyons; North: Frisch, Cochrane, Hartnett, Baker, Walsh; South: Page, Simmons, Grove, J. DiMaggio, Lyons and Hassett. The blue ink signatures on this ball grade mostly in the (4 to 8) range and include a few better or lesser. The ball grades a solid (5) with some slight dirt marks and fade marks on the stamps. This piece comes with a full Letter of Authentication from JSA. For a complete list of all death dates and signature grades, please visit our website.
Sweet Spot: Waner (d.1982, 6), Speaker (d.1958, 7); West: Rolfe (d.1969, 5), Gehringer (d.1993, 7), Cobb (d.1961, 6); East: Keller (d.1990, 7), Terry (d.1989, 8), Ruffing (d.1986, 4), Mize (d.1993,8), Lyons (d.1986, 8); North: Frisch (d.1973, 9), Cochrane (d.1962, 8), Hartnett (d.1972, 8), Baker (d.1963, 8), Walsh (d.1959, 8) South: Page (d.1980, 6), Simmons (d.1956, 9), Grove (d.1975, 4), J. DiMaggio (d.1999, 6), Lyons (d.1986, 7), Hassett (d.1997, 8)
Most baseball fans know when the biggest names in baseball were enshrined in the halls of Cooperstown, but few know how difficult it was for some of the games greatest players to achieve this honor. In todays media-filled marketplace, ballplayers are lionized in households from coast-to-coast, thus bolstering the opinions of writers and the Hall of Fame electorate - strengthening the percentages of votes that these players receive. In 1955, Joe DiMaggio was elected with only 88.8% of the vote and since 1955 there have been twenty players elected with a higher percentage, including twelve since 1990. That being said, this INCREDIBLE 1955 Hall of Fame Induction baseball was signed by (4) of the (6) inductees with DiMaggio (88.8%), Lyons (86.5%), Hartnett (77.7%) and Baker (VC).
The ball also has a beautiful Ty Cobb signature. Cobb enjoyed the spotlight and attended most Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies. Individual baseballs for each of these players would cost well into the tens of thousands making this a monumental opportunity to get a very rare multi-signed baseball with great upside.