Classic June 2007
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In general, the manpower needs (and the resultant expectations of equitable service) demanded by a nation at war placed a heavy burden on baseball's rosters. But the White Sox bore the added onus of a dark legacy. Essentially orphaned by a principled society, the franchise had yet to molt the grim stigma of 1919. The 1959 team did much to restore legitimacy, but it was the championship performance of 2005 that vaulted the Pale Hose to the waiting arms of a thoroughly forgiving public. Since then, the heritage of the Sox has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts. Its many years striving for repatriation are now considered again by collectors and fans alike. Along the way—1944, to be precise—26 of the Chicago American roster assembled to place their signatures on this baseball. It's an unofficial Reach ball which is in near white condition and nearly all of these autographs are "8" or stronger. All of them readily legible, they detail Ed Cartnett, Vince Castino, Grey Clarke, Tony Cuccinello, Guy Curtright, Johnny Dickshot, Bill Dietrich, Jimmy Dykes (sweet spot), Orval Grove, Mule Haas, Joe Haynes, Ralph Hodgin, John Humphries, Thornton Lee, Ed Lopat, Gordon Maltzberger, Bing Miller, Wally Moses, Buck Ross, Muddy Ruel, LeRoy Schalk, Hal Trosky, Thurman Tucker, Tom Turner, Jake Wade, and Skeeter Webb. LOA from Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA.
1944 Chicago White Sox Team Signed Ball
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