June 18th, 2014 Summer Games Catalog Auction (#41)
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/19/2014
The 1927 New York Yankees posted a 110-44 regular season record en route to sweeping the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series. The 110 wins broke the previous American League record set by the 1912 Boston Red Sox. The 1927 Yankees batted .307 and outscored their opponents by a record 376 runs. Earle Combs hit .356, Bob Meusel batted .337 with 103 RBI and second baseman Tony Lazzeri drove in 102 runs. Gehrig batted .373 with 47 home runs, a then record 175 RBIs and was voted AL MVP. Ruth finished with a .356 batting average, 164 RBIs and hit 60 home runs, breaking his own record. The team was famously labeled “Murderers’ Row”. 10” x 8” framed black and white photo of Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ben Paschal, Tony Lazzeri, Ray Morehart (ch) and Pat Collins. Each of these players signed on the photo where they’re standing in black fountain ink and in our opinion, rates an 8 overall with the Ruth signature being the boldest of the group. Below where the players stand in the photo, are signatures from the rest of the members of the team: John Grabowski, Herb Pennock, Bob Shawkey, Bob Meusel, Urban Shocker, Dutch Ruether, Joe Dugan, Benny Bengough and Waite Hoyt (ch). The two clubhouse signatures, Morehart and Hoyt were penned by Yankees catcher Pat Collins. Accompanied by an full LOA from JSA.
Update (June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EST):
Six weeks ago, JSA reviewed this item in-person at our facility we were told that every signature on the photo was done by the respective players in their own hand and that it contained no clubhouse signatures.
Today, just minutes ago, we were informed by Jimmy Spence himself that the photo has two clubhouse autographs: Ray Morehart and Waite Hoyt; apparently signed by Yankees catcher Pat Collins.
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