Boasting one of the highest winning percentages in modern baseball history, the 1954 Cleveland Indians were the class of the American League that year. Despite a quartet of Hall of Famers, the "Tribe" eventually succumbed to Willie Mays and the New York Giants in the World Series. Presented is a very readable 1954 Cleveland Indians autographed baseball with (32) signatures scripted in black ink on a period Official American League Baseball. Of the (32) signatures, twenty-one of the players are deceased. With these signatures ranging in grade from "5" to "9" it is possible that a wafer-thin coating of shellac was applied to help preserve the autographs. Highlighted signatures include: Bobby Avila (d.2004, "6", SS), Al Lopez (d.2005, "7", SS), Hal Newhouser (d.1998, "10"), Vic Wertz (d.1983), Bob Lemon (d.2000), Al Rosen, Red Kress (d.1962), Larry Doby (d.2003), Early Wynn (d.1999), Bob Hooper (d.1980), Mickey Grasso (d.1975) and Bob Feller. An extremely presentable piece from the team that unseated the Yankees as the perennial American League Champions. COA from James Spence Authentications. For a complete listing of the signatories on this ball, please visit our website.
Sweet Spot: Bobby Avila (d.2004, "6"), Al Lopez (d.2005, "7"); American League Logo Panel: Hal Newhouser (d.1998, "10"); North Panel: Hal Naragon, Ray Narleski, Vic Wertz (d.1983), Sam Dente (d.2002), Bob Lemon (d.2000), Al Rosen, Jim Dyck (d.1999); South Panel: Red Kress (d.1962), Tony Cuccinello (d.1995), Art Houtteman (d.2003), Mike Garcia (d.1986), Larry Doby (d.2003), Bill Lobe; West Panel: Dave Pope (d.1999), George Strickland, Dave Hoskins (d.1970), Al Smith (d.2002), Dave Philley, Early Wynn (d.1999), Jim Hegan (d.1984); East Panel: Hank Majeski (d.1991), Bill Glynn, Bob Hooper (d.1980), Mickey Grasso (d.1975), Wally Westlake, Dale Mitchell (d.1987), Rudy Regalado, Don Mossi and Bob Feller.