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Encapsulated "Authentic" by PSA/DNA. For the Yankee Stadium share of the 1947 World Series, famed agent Christy Walsh was issued this now offered press pass. This pass is actually the working instrument that's standardly worn by assigned recipients that they may be granted entry to otherwise restricted areas (specifically, the press box, the clubhouses, and on-field professional responsibilities. The pass is about 4-3/4" long and this one, in particular, was assigned to Walsh (under the aegis of "Walsh Syndicate"), as is handwritten on its face. The card bears four punch-hole cancellations, signifying that Walsh attended all four of the games that were played in Yankee Stadium for that Series. We note that it has a couple harmless creases, but it's otherwise clean and without any distracting blemishes. (For that matter, we're comfortable in reporting that the twine, used to suspend the pass from a garment button, is probably original.)

It's clearly evident from our photo for this treasure that it's multi-autographed. Walsh, of course, was a celebrity in his own right, so it's little wonder that he could blithely mingle with the elite of the Game. And he obviously did, as is evidenced in this stunning bounty of famed autographs on the pass. All of these signers penned their identities on the front surface...all are fountain pen, of course, and all of them are ideally clean. A couple of these autographs are a bit obscured - due to the limited surface available and the inconsistent background hues of the printed details on the card. Those matters qualified, we report the signings thereon of Stan Coveleski, Wally Schang, Frankie Frisch, Ernie Shore, Joe McCarthy, Cy Young, Everett Scott, Joe DiMaggio, Frank Baker, Bob Shawkey, and Babe Ruth. The signings of Frisch, McCarthy and DiMaggio are somewhat confined, but they're all clean. Cy Young's signature is understandably geriatric...but most impressive are those of Ruth and Home Run Baker, whose autographs appear at the bottom of the pass, and both relatively unencumbered by restrictive space or printed distraction.

Naturally, the Hall of Fame signatures are welcomed and certainly warranted, but the journeymen signers who appear on this exclusive keepsake are quite worthy as well. With the Red Sox and the Yankees, Everett Scott was Ruth's teammate for ten seasons, but he's best remembered as baseball's third-longest consecutive-game tenured player (behind Gehrig and Ripken). Ernie Shore was a capable moundsman who gained the distinction as Ruth's successor in the storied no-hitter of 1917. (Ruth walked the first guy, got tossed from the game for arguing, then Shore picked off the runner and finished the game - 26 batsmen - without allowing a single baserunner.) Wally Schang was an outstanding catcher who anchored his position for 19 seasons. He was Ruth's regular catcher in Boston, but Wally directed the mound work for countless other Hall of Famers. And Bob Shawkey, who engineered a fine 15-year career, threw the first pitch in Yankee Stadium (1923, of course) - and was then extended the honor of throwing the ceremonial "first pitch" in the renovated Yankee Stadium of 1976. LOA Christy Walsh's granddaughter.              

Christy Walsh's 1947 World Series Press Pass, Signed by Ruth, Baker, Cy Young, DiMaggio et al.Christy Walsh's 1947 World Series Press Pass, Signed by Ruth, Baker, Cy Young, DiMaggio et al.
Christy Walsh's 1947 World Series Press Pass, Signed by Ruth, Baker, Cy Young, DiMaggio et al.
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Price Realized (Includes Buyers Premium): $6,573
Number of Bids: 23
Auction closed on: 3/1/2013