LOT: 6     1954 Brooklyn Dodgers Team Signed Baseball with 22 Signatures including Robinson, Campanella, Reese and Hodges PSA/DNA LOA Overall Grade 7.5

Category: Signed Balls



CURRENT BID:     $4,709.00

Start: 12/5/2013 EST

End: 12/20/2013 3:46:21 AM EST


STARTING BID:     $1,500.00

BID COUNT: 13 (Bid History)

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(LOT 6)
1954 Brooklyn Dodgers Team Signed Baseball with 22 Signatures including Robinson, Campanella, Reese and Hodges PSA/DNA LOA Overall Grade 7.5

The Brooklyn Dodgers of 1954 came in second place in their division with a record of 92-62. Playing at Ebbets Field in front of over 1 million fans that year must have been a thrill for all who attended. Some of the key players on that team were Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Duke Snider, Don Newcombe and Jim Gilliam.

We are thrilled to be offering this 1954 Team Signed Dodger Baseball currently owned by Dr. Joseph Davis of Phoenix Arizona. His story behind getting this ball in person is well worth reading. Keep in mind this ball is signed by 22 Brooklyn Dodgers including the names above and many more. This ball has been stashed away for years and has been graded by PSA/DNA on an LOA with an overall grade of 7.5. This ball would highlight any high end collection of Autographed Baseballs.

He grew up to be a dentist but in 1954, Joseph Davis was a young boy in Chicago who followed the Cubs and White Sox, played youth baseball and dreamed of being a big league player. Like the vast majority of kids his age, it wasnt to be. He did, though, enjoy a very special summer, one that left him with memories to last a lifetime and a tangible souvenir that is now very valuable. In its winter auction next month, Memory Lane will auction Dr. Davis nearly pristine 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers team signed baseball that includes six members of the Baseball Hall of Fame he met in the team locker room that summer. As an African-American youngster in the early 1950s, prejudice was not an uncommon part of life, but the Dodgers were opening up new doors. First there was Jackie Robinson. Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella, Joe Black and Jim Gilliam were among those who followed. No matter if you aspired to be a pro in baseball or something else, dreams seemed more reachable because of what was happening in Brooklyn. It was during those heady days that Joseph Davis went to visit his uncle, a U.S. Army colonel who worked at the Pentagon as was one of only a small number of high ranking black officers. His uncle told him upon arrival that he planned to take young Joseph to Brooklyn to watch the Dodgers in person. While details of the game are foggy some 59 years later, Davis vividly recalls his uncles friendship with Robinson and Campanella, a tight enough bond that the colonel and his nephew were invited into the Dodger clubhouse. Jackie Robinson took me by the hand and said to commemorate this occasion, Im going to get the team to sign this baseball, Dr. Davis remembered. Minutes later, the boy was in possession of an official National League ball signed by 22 Dodgers including six future Hall of Famers, plus Newcombe and Gilliam. It was a treasured possession and he proudly Warren Giles official baseball 1950s displayed it as he grew into a man. Eventually, Davis entered the Army himself where he served as a dentist, then moved into private practice and landed in Phoenix, where in a twist of fate, Joe Black became one of his patients. After telling the former pitcher the story of the ball and learning of its value one day in 1992, Dr. Davis decided to put it in a safe. The ball had been there for over 30 years when he decided to sell. It was sent to PSA/DNA this summer where the signatures were authenticated and the ball was graded 7.5, making it one of the nicest known autographed Brooklyn Dodger balls from the golden era of New York baseball. Many of the players and coaches whose names appear on the ball would help the Bums to their first and only World Series title in 1955. Most of the signatures remain remarkably clear and the overall autograph grade assigned by PSA is 7.5. The ball itself was awarded an 8 grade. Robinsons name appears directly below Duke Sniders on one panel with Gil Hodges signature a little further down. The story that goes with a piece of sports memorabilia is often what makes it a truly iconic piece and this one cuts across multiple themes. While he will soon part with his baseball for good, the doctors memories remain. Its time to give others a chance to see the ball and experience some of the same emotions I did, he explained.

Check out a Youtube Video of Dr. Joseph Davis explaining on how he acquired the ball. Click Here
MIN BID $1,500
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