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1953 Major Leaguer Barnstorming Game Signed Ball (18 Signatures) with Ty Cobb and Satchel Paige

Lot Number 720

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The myth of Cobb's racism was largely debunked in the recent biography Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhson, who recounts how the Georgia Peach actually came from a long line of fervent abolitionists. Indeed, in 1952, Cobb publicly said that “the Negro should be accepted into baseball wholeheartedly and not grudgingly; the Negro has the right to play professional baseball and who’s to say he has not?” The following year, he shared top billing with Satchel Paige at a barnstorming game hosted by the Kiwanis Club. This lightly soiled "Georgia State League" ball features a blue-ink "7-8" Paige signature on the sweet spot, along with green-ink "7-8" signatures of Cobb, V. Stephens, T. Attwell, Trucks, Boring, Fondy, Rigney, Sauer, B. Wilson, Fain, H. Smith, B. Kennedy, F. Marsh, T. Heath, Noble and Wertz. It's accompanied by the corresponding 7x10 game program (VG) with Cobb pictured as manager on the cover, and with lineups listed on the unscored scorecard. This is the only known Cobb-Paige signed ball and it last sold at auction back in 2003 for almost $2,500. Full LOA from JSA.

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