Each summer members of the Baseball Hall of Fame gather in Cooperstown, NY to welcome a new class of enshrinees. Elect an important souvenir of one such gathering with this c.1982 OAL/MacPhail baseball, multi-signed by (26) of the Hall's fraternity. Though the factory stampings are moderately faded, this vintage, light-cream sphere remains pleasing in showcasing the coveted autographs, which show average ("7-8") potency unless noted. Sadly nearly all of the illustrious subjects have passed away, but their legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of devoted fans and the quest for prized keepsakes such as this prestige laden ball. Full photo LOA from JSA.
Featured signers are:
Sweet spot: Carl Hubbell (d.1977), Bill Terry (d.1989)
North panel: Judy Johnson (d.1989), Joe Sewell (d.1990), "Red" Ruffing (d.1986), "Whitey" Ford, "Cool Papa" Bell (d.1991), "Rube" Marquard (d.1980)
South panel: Burleigh Grimes (d.1985), Lloyd Waner ("3-4", d.1982), Charlie Gehringer (d.1993), Monte Irvin (d.2016), Luke Appling (d.1991), "Lefty" Grove (d.1989)
East panel: Earl Averill (d.1984), Joe Cronin (d.1984), Billy Herman (d.1992), George L. Kelly (d.1984), Bob Feller ("6-7", d.2010), Robin Roberts ("6-7", d.2010), Ernie Banks ("4-5", d.2015)
West panel: Stanley Covelski (d.1984), "Buck" Leonard (d.1997), Freddie Lindstrom (d.1981), Al Lopez (d.2005), Stan Musial (d.2013)