Home to three MLB teams at the time, the 1950s were certainly a golden era for New York City baseball fans. The Bronx was home to the dynastic Yankees, the Giants played at the Polo Grounds in upper Manhattan and Brooklyn had a die-hard affinity for the Dodgers. Throughout the decade, these three New York squads claimed fourteen of the possible twenty World Series berths, with eight championships during the ten year span. Of course the Yankees were at the top of the hill with six wins, but the Giants ruled in 1954 and the Dodgers finally paid off for their long suffering fans with a championship in 1955.
Presiding over all this baseball prosperity was the regal triumvirate of Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider. Known colloquially as "Willie, Mickey and The Duke", this trio of sacred centerfielders lives on in the offered lithograph by famed sports artist Robert Stephen Simon. Backed by medium weight cardboard, this 26x20 litho is a royal rendering of these heavy hitters, with just minor wear on the periphery which would easily be covered over by framing. Mantle's autograph registers as a solid ("9") strength example, Mays' signature is a bit stronger at the ("9-10") level and Snider's endorsement reports ("7-8") potency. Auction LOA from JSA.