Greetings from "Chicagoland"!. The Chicago Cubs organization is represented with this 1940s team-signed baseball lot of (2). Bookending the WWII era with the 1941 team and the 1946 team, these vintage period-signed balls combine for a total of (51) autographs, including an example from Eddie Waitkus. A truly tough star player autograph, Waitkus (d.1972) played 12 games with the Cubs in 1941 and did not return to the Majors until 1946, after completing his wartime military service. His signature on the 1946 ball is potentially one of his earliest signings as a Major Leaguer, making it a prime target for advanced collectors. Each of the (2) offered Cubs team signed baseballs comes with an individual full photo LOA from JSA.
1941 Cubs team (17) signatures range ("5" to "8") on an ONL/Frick baseball (EX-MT), with: sweet spot: Clyde McCullough, Claude Passeau; north panel: Ken Raffensberger, Lou Stringer, "Babe" Dahlgren, "Tot" Pressnell, Jake Mooty (d.1970); south panel: Hank Leiber, Johnny Hudson (c.1970), Jimmie Wilson (d.1947); east panel: Stan Hack (d.1979), Dom Dellassandro; west panel: Vallie Eaves (d.1960), Barney Olsen (d.1977), Bobby Sturgeon, Charlie Root (d.1970) and Phil Cavaretta.
1946 Cubs team (34) signatures average ("7-8") on a shellac-coated ONL/Frick ball (EX), with: sweet spot: Lennie Merullo, Emil Kush (d.1969), undetermined; north panel: Don Johnson, Stan Hack (d.1979), Claude Passeau, Phil Cavaretta, Heinz Becker, Emmett O'Neill, Hank Wyse, Roy Johnson (coach); south panel: "Peanuts" Lowrey, Bill Nicholson, Eddie Waitkus (d.1972), Hi Bithorn (d.1951), Hank Borowy, Dom Dellassandro, "Red" Smith (d.1978), Charlie Grimm (manager); east panel: Marv Rickert (d.1978), Charlie Gilbert, Mickey Livingston, Marv Felderman, Bob Chipman (d.1973), Bill Fleming, Bob Scheffing, (2) undetermined; west panel: Frank Secory, undetermined, Al Glossop, Johnny Schmitz, Paul Ercikson and Ray Prim.