Lot # 92: c. 1936 Meiji University Autographed Baseball--20 Sigs. Incl. HOFers Yoshida & Iwamoto--Strong Autographs

Category: Autographs

Starting Bid: $250.00

Bids: 1 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Auction 54 Ended 10/28/2018",
which ran from 10/5/2018 4:00 PM to
10/27/2018 11:00 PM

This baseball was signed boldly by 20 members of the Meiji University baseball team on an official Big Six University League baseball. The most prominent signature is of Hall of Famer Masao Yoshida (upper left image, signature at far left), a pitcher who led the team to four consecutive league titles during his tenure on the mound. Yoshida never played professional baseball, so his signature is scarcer than that of most HOFers. Also among the signers is Yoshiyuki Iwamoto (HOF) (upper left image, signature at far right). Interestingly, after playing three years in Japan Pro Baseball for the Hawks from 1938-40, he then decided to play industrial league ball for Union Electric! In 1949, at the age of 37, he returned to Japan Pro Baseball and starred for the Robins through 1956, when he finally retired at age 44. Team signed baseballs from this era are quite rare and highly collectible.

Size: Regular Baseball Size.

Condition: Signatures overall grade 8 to 9 out of 10. There are a number of rust marks on the ball, not affecting most signatures. The Yoshida autograph is unaffected.

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