Ballplayers who perform consistently throughout the marathon run of a regular season are generally respected, but worship is more often afforded those with the ability to kick their game into another gear during the postseason. Such was the case with "Wild Bill" Hallahan, who pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1925-1936. In four trips to the World Series with the "Redbirds", Hallahan came away with three championship rings, racking up a 3-1 record, with an astonishing 1.36 ERA in 7 World Series appearances. There was no World Series MVP award in his day, but he would surely have been in contention in 1931, when he faced the Philadelphia Athletics last great dynasty under Connie Mack. In a hard fought seven game series, Hallahan went 2-0, with a complete game shutout in Game 2 and a 5-1 complete game win in Game 5. Then for the icing on the cake, he stopped the A's 9th inning rally in Game 7, to earn a Save and clinch the championship.
Add this prime time baseball hero to your collection, with this single-signed baseball. In his later years, Hallahan was known for regularly attending Little League games in his hometown of Binghamton, New York. It's quite possible that the offered Rawlings Official Little League ball was autographed at one of the many games Hallahan attended to cheer on the local kids. Given that Hallahan passed away forty years ago in 1981, this vintage balls presents as an impressive survivor. Though the factory labeling stamps are somewhat faded, all lettering in clearly discernible and the ball was obviously well tended over the years, as just slight traces of toning are noted on the clean, off-white surface, leading to a condition score of (EX-MT). Spanning the desired sweet spot location, Hallahan's autograph merits a ("7") potency rating. Full photo LOA from JSA.