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Baseball Memorabilia - Various Collectibles

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Lot 630.  Rabbit Maranville, Ken Strong and Benny Leonard Autographed 1946 Program. Plus three more program signatures - Dolly Stark, Hank Borowy and Buddy Kerr. All but Maranville have a strong connection to New York City. Leonard, Stark and Kerr were born there. Borowy grew up about 40 miles away. Strong, from Connecticut, starred in baseball and football at New York University. And Maranville, who played one season in Brooklyn, eventually settled in New York. Borowy’s autograph shows light, minor smudging on approximately one-half of the letters. Otherwise, all of the signatures are strong and nm-m 8 or better except for placement. Maranville’s is a beauty partially intersected by the Kerr and Borowy autographs. Leonard’s is equally strong and touches several letters in the printed program. Strong’s signature is large and bold with the upper tip of the “K” over an area with a small tear repaired on the reverse. The four-page Dec. 9, 1946 program, for a “Sports Rally” at Tenafly High School, NJ, is vg with tape neatly applied to the edges of the cover. A shortstop and second baseman for the Boston Braves and other teams, Maranville was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954, the same year as his passing. Playing halfback and fullback for the New York Giants and other nearby teams from 1929-44, Strong was one of the greatest all-round players of his era. He is in the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame. Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Leonard held the world lightweight championship from 1917-25, longer than any other lightweight. ESPN ranks him seventh on its list of all-time boxing greats. Borowy (died 2004) was a two-time pitching All-Star with the New York Yankees in 10 seasons. Kerr (died 2006) was a 1948 All-Star shortstop for the New York Giants. And Stark (d. 1968) was an N.L. umpire from 1928-35 and 1937-40. He was the first Jewish umpire of
Winning Bid $291     

Lot 795.  Collectibles from the Olympics, Golf, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Horse Racing and Other Sports. These sports and others as well are represented in the Smithsonian Institute’s 1981 “Champions of American Sport.” The 20-page magazine-style publication has two intact sheets, each with nine perforated color cards, including Unitas, Koufax, Joe Louis, Nicklaus, Ashe, Ali, Namath, Mays, Hull, Fleming and others. Ex publication with some cards potentially mint. Here are the other collectibles by sport: Baseball – Two 33 1/3 vinyl record albums, “Baseball The First 100 Years” and “The Year of the Tiger (Detroit Tigers) ’68,” both nm. Also, a 1917 publication, “The Choir Herald,” with an advertisement for an upcoming evangelistic campaign by Billy Sunday in Los Angeles, g with two punch holes through each page. Golf – Two books, “Golf My Way” by Jack Nicklaus, 1974 softcover, ex, and “Just a Range Ball in a Box of Titleists” by Gary McCord, 1997 apparent first edition hardcover, nm book, ex dust jacket. Also, a 292-page program for the 1978 60th PGA Championship, f cover, vg+ to ex pages. Olympics – 1956 letter on U.S. Olympic Committee stationery from Vee Toner, manager of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Swimming Team, to Chet Smith, “Pittsburgh Press” sports editor. Vg-ex, generally personal content. Basketball – Two paperback books, “The Incredible Knicks” by Phil Pepe, 1970, g-vg, and “Go Up for Glory” by Bill Russell, 1966, vg. Horse Racing – Two 1972 press passes to Pitt Park Raceway at The Meadows in Pennsylvania, ex-m, and the March 1978 issue of “The Limestone Epitaph” tabloid with eight pages of harness racing articles related to the racing track near Pittsburgh, vg. Football – “The First 50 Years: The Story of the National Football League,” two 33 1/3 vinyl records, apparently 1970, nm. The albums feature the voices of George Halas, Jim Thorpe, Art Rooney, Fran Tarkenton, Gale Sayers and other pioneers and stars of the game.
Winning Bid $50     

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