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1939 Major & Minor League Baseball Team Autograph Album with (400+) Signatures—Full JSA

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As baseball was rolling out ceremonies and celebrations in honor of its 1939 Centennial, a dedicated fan thought to commemorate the occasion with this encompassing collection. (400+) Autographs range in glorious (“8” to “10”) quality in this truly special accumulation of (21) team sheets, including all (8) National League teams, (6) American League teams and (7) American Association minor league teams. Key signers are: HOFers: L. Appling, L. Boudreau, L. Durocher, B. Feller, J. Gordon, G. Hartnett, B. Herman, C. Hubbell, G. Kelly, E. Lombardi, A. Lopez, T. Lyons, C. Mack, J. McCarthy, B. McKechnie, J. Mize, M. Ott, P.W. Reese, P. Rizzuto, R. Ruffing, E. Slaughter, C. Stengel, B. Terry, P. Traynor, A. Vaughn, H. Wagner, L. Waner, P. Waner; and notables: T. Bonham, G. Brack, (2) H. Casey, F. Crosetti, V. DiMaggio, W. Hershberger, C. Keller, P. Martin, J. Powell, M. Stratton, M. Thomas. Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.

This spiral spine, faux leather binder remains in excellent condition, with all pages turning smoothly. The inside of the front cover is decorated with a clipping from a 1939 Baseball Centennial program and the opposite page features a Connie Mack 8 x 10-3/4” litho by artist Bill Medcalf. The last two pages feature (4) 4-1/2 x 6” lithos by Medcalf with “Babe” Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and John McGraw. The page following the Mack litho bears a team photo of the 1939 Minneapolis Millers A.A. minor league team, leading to the possibility that the devout fan who assembled this vintage treasure resided in Minnesota. Each team sheet is affixed at top with either a block of four or a single 1939 U.S. commemorative “Centennial of Baseball” postage stamp. Great excitement is generated by several early (pre-major league) signatures of top stars and many long deceased players. Of the (24) possible teams for the three leagues collected in this album only the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators and Columbus Red Birds are absent (and as noted below the Detroit Tigers page is completely clubhouse).


The complete list of teams represented as they appear front to back with league affiliation in parenthesis is as follows:


Minneapolis Millers (AA): (22) autographs with Earl Grace, “Chief” Hogsett, Ray Kolp (d.1967)


St. Paul Saints (AA): (22) autographs with “Babe” Phelps, Ken Silvestri


Cincinnati Reds (NL): (24) autographs with “Frenchy” Bordagaray, Willard Hesrhberger (d.1940), Eddie Joost, Ernie Lombardi, Bill McKechnie, “Bucky” Walters


Milwaukee Brewers (AA): (21) autographs with George Blaeholder (d.1947), Oris Hockett (d.1969)


Toledo Mud Hens (AA): (22) autographs with Myles Thomas (d.1963)


Louisville Colonels (AA): (21) autographs with Bill Burwell (d.1973), “Pee Wee” Reese, Ray Parmelee, “Yank” Terry, Jim Weaver, Monte Weaver


Indianapolis Indians (AA): (23) autographs with “Red” Barrett, Nolen Richardson (d.1951)


Brooklyn Dodgers (NL): (26) autographs with Dolph Camilli, (2) Hugh Casey (d.1951), Leo Durocher, Chuck Dressen (d.1966), Freddie Fitsimmons, “Cookie” Lavagetto, Van Mungo


St. Louis Cardinals (NL): (26) autographs with Bob Bowman (d.1972), Jimmy Brown (d.1977), Mort Cooper (d.1958), Max Lanier, Lyn Lary (d.1973), “Pepper” Martin (d.1965), “Ducky” Medwick (d.1975), Johnny Mize, Enos Slaughter, Lon Warneke (d.1976)


New York Giants (NL): (21) autographs with Carl Hubbell, Bill Jurges, Mel Ott (d.1958), Bill Terry


Chicago Cubs (NL): (23) autographs with Phil Cavaretta, “Gabby” Hartnett (d.1972), Billy Herman, Gus Mancuso, Bill Nicholson, Claude Passeau; (1) is noted as clubhouse with: “Dizzy” Dean


Pittsburgh Pirates (NL): (26) autographs with “Cy” Blanton (d.1945), Bob Elliott (d.1966), John Gooch (d.1975), Ken Heintzelman, “Rip” Sewell, Bill Swift (d.1969), “Pie” Traynor (d.1972), “Arky” Vaughn (d.1952), Honus Wagner (d.1955), Lloyd Waner, Paul Waner (d.1965), “Pep” Young (d.1962)


Cleveland Indians (AL): (19) autographs with Lou Boudreau, Ben Chapman, Bob Feller, Mel Harder, “Rollie” Hemsley (d.1972), Luke Sewell


Philadelphia Phillies (NL): (23) autographs with Morrie Arnovich (d.1959), “Gibby” Brack (d.1960), Hans Lobert (d.1968), “Doc” Prothro (d.1971)


Boston Bees (Braves, NL): (25) autographs with George Kelly, Mike Kelly (d.1968), Al Lopez, Hank Majeski, “Casey” Stengel (d.1975)


New York Yankees (AL): (25) autographs with “Spud” Chandler, Frank Crosetti, Joe Gordon, “Bump” Hadley (d.1963), Charlie Keller, Joe McCarthy, Jake Powell (d.1948), “Red” Ruffing; (4) are noted as clubhouse with: Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, “Lefty” Gomez


Kansas City Blues (AA): (22) autographs with “Tiny” Bonham (d.1949), Vince DiMaggio, Johnny Lindell, Jerry Priddy, Phil Rizzuto


Chicago White Sox (AL): (26) autographs with Luke Appling, Jimmie Dykes (d.1976), Joe Kuhel, Monty Stratton


Detroit Tigers (AL): (26) autographs all noted as clubhouse


Philadelphia Athletics (AL): (25) autographs with Charlie Berry (d.1972), Sam Chapman, Connie Mack (d.1956)


St. Louis Browns (AL): (25) autographs with Fred Haney (d.1977), Myril Hoag (d.1971), Billy Sullivan, Tommy Thompson (d.1971)








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