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Satchel Paige 1958 Miami Marlins Single Signed Ball - Huge Signature!

Lot Number 723

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After the Negro and Major Leagues, 49-year-old Satch embarked on yet another chapter in his epic career. Bill Veeck helped him land a slot with the Phillies' AAA affiliate Miami Marlins, and in true Veeckian stunt fashion, Paige made his debut on the field by climbing out of a helicopter. Author Larry Tye, in his 2009 biography, picks up the story from there: "The Marlins parked the pitcher in a large rocking chair in the bullpen, bringing him out to throw more often than even Veeck dreamed possible. On an August night in 1956 he drew 51,713 fans...record keepers called it the biggest crowd ever to watch a minor league game. Satchel pitched into the eighth inning to collect the win and drove in three runs with a 330-foot double to left-center. A week later he pitched a one-hitter, beating Rochester 4-0 and leaving to a standing ovation." Paige retired in his third Marlins season—the same year he signed this evenly toned, lightly scuffed "Miami Marlins" ball. His flowing side-panel "7-8" scripting is easily one of the largest signatures Paige ever penned on a ball. What's more, he dated it with the sweet-spot "8-9" inscription, "age - 51 - 1958." A very special Satch single, indeed! Full LOA from JSA.



 
 
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