It would be great fun if the Hall of Fame opened a wing for entire teams. One squad that is well worthy of consideration, is the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics. Armed with six pitchers who had 150+ career wins and four position players with lifetime batting averages of .300+, Connie Mack's mighty "White Elephants" managed to keep the New York Yankees of the "Babe" Ruth and Lou Gehrig era out of first place for three consecutive seasons. This dynastic team won back-to-back World Series championships in 1929-1930, and came up just short of a third straight victory in a seven game match against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1931. Three of the A's .300+ hitters are Hall of Famers Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Mickey Cochrane. The fourth is "Bing" Miller, a lifetime .311 batter, who played at an all-star level for much of his career and deserved more recognition than he got.
A victim of an automobile accident in 1966, Miller has been gone for fifty-five years now, long before anyone thought of charging fees for autographs at weekend memorabilia shows. Autograph aficionados land a whale, with this rare Miller single-signed baseball. Identified as a "NYLO League" model, this vintage ball bears the factory stamped legends ""Hand Sewed" and "Regulation Size". This ancient orb is toned to a medium walnut shade and reports in (VG-EX) condition, with fairly bold stampings and small, scattered abrasions. Miller's large and in charge autograph is located on the west panel, and though the attrition of many years has resulted in small ink breaks, this prominent signature retains sufficient integrity to merit a ("7") strength designation. Full photo LOA from JSA.