Walter Johnson Signed ONL Frick Baseball with Bentley 
Lot Number 466
 
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Over sixty years have passed since the untimely death of the great Walter Johnson. Despite the passage of time, an immense demand for memorabilia from the Hall of Famer persists, probably due to the scarcity of Johnson’s signature, along with his positive persona on and off the baseball diamond. Scripted on the south panel of an ONL Frick baseball is a coveted Walter Johnson (d.1946) autograph. Protected by a wafer-thin coating of period shellac, the signature of "Ole' Barney" is bright and clean. Despite a surface abrasion atop the "J" in his last name and minimal staining across the panel, this ("7") graded signature is quite attractive. There is a subtle uniqueness to this signed baseball as the original owner had Jack Bentley (d.1969, “8”) sign the west panel. Bentley was the New York Giants pitcher who lost Game 7 of the 1924 World Series to Walter Johnson and the Senators. Although neither man was the Game 7 starter, both men entered the game in the latter innings with Johnson coming in the 9th inning and Bentley in the 11th inning. The 12th inning saw McNeely double in Muddy Ruel for the Washington Senators only World Series title. Johnson was the winning pitcher and Bentley the losing pitcher. The remainder of the baseball is relatively clean with minimal toning. A premier artifact for the Walter Johnson focused collector. This scarce baseball comes with a COA from James Spence Authentications. 
 
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