Ty Cobb and Walter Johnson Dual-Signed OAL Ban Johnson Baseball 
Lot Number 461
 
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Ty Cobb played the game of baseball as if it was a war, and he proved that every time he played the game, showing little respect for those on the opposing teams with one glaring exception: he greatly admired Walter Johnson. Cobb recalled his first encounter with Johnson stating, “On August 2, 1907, I encountered the most threatening sight I ever saw in the ball field. He was only a rookie, and we licked our lips as we warmed up for the first game of a doubleheader in Washington. Evidently, manager Pongo Joe Cantillon of the Nats had picked a rube out of the cornfields of the deepest bushes to pitch against us ... He was a tall, shambling galoot of about twenty with arms so long they hung far out of his sleeves and with a side arm delivery that looked unimpressive at first glance ... One of the Tigers imitated a cow mooing and we hollered at Cantillon: 'Get the pitchfork ready, Joe-your hayseed's on his way back to the barn.' ...The first time I faced him I watched him take that easy windup-and then something went past me that made me flinch. The thing just hissed with danger. We couldn't touch him ... every one of us knew we'd met the most powerful arm ever turned loose in a ball park." Presented is a marvelous dual-signed OAL Reach Ban Johnson baseball with both of these first class Hall of Famers’ autographs on the side panel. The Cobb (d.1961) signature was penned in blue ink (“6”) followed by the black ink signature of Johnson (d.1946, “6”) underneath the Cobb. The ball is dated ”Aug 1919” beneath the signatures. The Official Reach American League Ban Johnson baseball is in stellar condition with all of the stamps and logo remaining remarkably clear. The red-and-blue stitching remains tightly stitched but is slightly faded. This marvelous sphere comes with an auction COA from James Spence Authentications. 
 
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