Lot 260. Cal Hubbard Autograph - Only College & Pro Football and Baseball Halls of Fame Member. Robert Calvin Hubbard played football at Centenary College, where he became the schools’ first All-American, and at Geneva College. Then from 1927-36 he played, end, tackle and linebacker for the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Pirates (Steelers). In that time, he helped the Giants or Packers to win four NFL Championships, was a four-time All-Pro – and created the linebacker position. Mel Hein, a Hall of Fame center, said Hubbard was “probably the greatest tackle I ever played against.” In 1963, Hubbard was part of the first class inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He had been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame a year earlier. In 1969, in a poll of Hall of Fame committee members, he was chosen as the NFL's greatest tackle of all-time. In 1928, during football’s off-season, Hubbard began umpiring in the minor leagues. His American League career began in 1936 and continued until 1951. Quickly emerging as one of baseball’s best umpires, Hubbard was selected to umpire the World Series in 1938, 1942, 1946 and 1949, and the All-Star Game in 1939, 1944 and 1949. He contributed to changes in the way games are umpired. In 1951 during the off-season, his right eye was severely damaged in a hunting accident, forcing his retirement. But the American League hired him soon afterwards as an assistant supervisor of officiating crews. From 1954-69, he served as the league’s top supervisor. In 1976, he became only the sixth umpire elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He died in 1977. His large autograph is gem mint 10 on an unlined index card with “Best Wishes” above. Accompanying the autograph is an Oct. 2, 1944 newspaper photo that shows Hubbard in action in a Washington-Detroit game in which the Tigers’ loss enabled the St. Louis Browns to capture their first American League pennant. The 6.75” x 8.25” photo is ex.
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Lot 455. 3 Classic Putnam Baseball Series Histories – One Signed by the Author. Written by leading sportswriters of the 1940s-50s, these hardcover books from G. P. Putnam’s Sons cover the Indians, Orioles and Tigers. Providing informative and entertaining accounts of the formation and development of these teams, they are part of a series of eight books covering the American League. Frederick G. Lieb wrote “The Baltimore Orioles” and “The Detroit Tigers.” A contributor to “The Sporting News” and the “Saturday Evening Post,” Lieb was the first sportswriter inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. His book on the Orioles is subtitled “The History of a Colorful Team in Baltimore and St. Louis.” It may be the most difficult to find among the Putnam team series. The 1955 book has a name and address stamped on both end pages, and these pages and the paper inside the covers show some stains. Vg-ex 246-page book in a g+ to vg dust jacket. Lieb’s 1946 book on the Tigers has 276 pages and is g+ to vg. The dust jacket is vg with each inside corner slightly clipped. Franklin Lewis, the author of “The Cleveland Indians,” AUTOGRAPHED THE FLYLEAF. His signature is nm-m 8 to mint 9. Known as “Whitey,” Lewis was an editor and columnist for “The Cleveland Press.” He died in 1958. His 1949 book, like the two others offered here, has a name and address stamped on the flyleaf and stains on the inside of the covers and on both end pages. Both the 276-page book and the dust cover are g+ to vg. These books are apparent first editions.
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Lot 559. Baseball Grab Bag with Football, Basketball Too! - 1947 W.S. Ticket Stub, Autographs, Etc. This collection includes a Mets 1963 yearbook, an Al Kaline autograph, a football autograph and several basketball cards. Here is the list: 1. Ticket stub for 1947 World Series Game 2, Dodgers vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, g-vg. 2. 1963 New York Mets program introducing the Mets’ mascot, vg+ with writing one the schedule inside. 3. 1984 Baseball Hall of Fame yearbook, induction of Drysdale, Killebrew, Aparicio, Reese and Ferrell, vg+ to ex. 4. Al Kaline signed 8” x 10.75” color magazine photo, nm-m 8 autograph. 5. Autograph of Pittsburgh, Boston and Brooklyn outfielder Jim Russell (died 1987) on a section of paper, nm 7. 6. Cliff Floyd autograph, 2001 All-Star, large nm-m 8 to mint 9 signature. 7. Autograph of Yale Lary, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back, mint 9 on an unlined index card. 8. 1976-77 Topps basketball card, #93 Cunningham, vg. 9. 1988-89 Fleer basketball card #11 McHale, nm. And 10. 1990-91 Hoops basketball #317 Riley, ex-m+. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $102