Triumph came to Flatbush in 1941, when the Brooklyn Dodgers ended a twenty year postseason drought by capturing the NL pennant. Claim a bit of Brooklyn's legacy, with this 1941 Dodgers team-signed baseball. This period-signed ONL/Frick ball is decorated with (23) steel-tip fountain pen autographs that range ("5" to "7") in potency, under a coating of shellac. While the preservation effort has met a reasonable degree of success, the years of attrition have resulted in stains over several autographs on the ball's south and west panels, along with light abrasions on the north panel that affect another signature. Among the roster of signers are (5) Hall of Famers and many of the others are notable keys and fan favorites. The inscriptions "Brooklyn Dodgers" and "1941 Nat'l Champs" are boldly penned in unknown hand and the Spalding factory labeling stamps remain fairly distinct.
Featured signers are:
Sweet spot: Leo Durocher (HOF, player-manager);
North panel: Freddie Fitzsimmons (HOF), Mickey Owen (abrasions), Billy Herman (HOF), "Dixie" Walker, Curt Davis (d.1965), Augie Galan, "Pee Wee" Reese (HOF);
South panel: Kirby Higbe, Jimmy Wasdell, "Ducky" Medwick (HOF, stain contact), Pete Coscarart (stain contact), Larry French;
East panel: "Red" Corriden (coach), Johnny Allen, Chuck Dressen (coach), "Cookie" Lavagetto, Lew Riggs, Newt Kimball;
West panel (all with stain contact): Dolph Camilli (1941 NL MVP), Hugh Casey (d.1951), Pete Reiser (1941 NL batting leader) and Luke Hamlin.
Full photo LOA from JSA.