ADMIRAL CHESTER W. NIMITZ - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: BERNARD "FRENCHY" UHALT, FERRIS "BURRHEAD" FAIN, DON WHITE, ADMIRAL WILLIAM F. "BULL" HALSEY JR., ADMIRAL RICHARD S. EDWARDS, FRANK ROSSO, BILL WERLE, NEILL SHERIDAN, RAY HARRELL - HFSID 268083
Sale Price $765.00
CHESTER W. NIMITZ, WILLIAM F. HALSEY, R. D. EDWARDS and TEN S.F. SEALS
Album leaf signed on one side by 3 Admirals and on the other by ten ballplayers
Signatures: " C.W. Nimitz", "W.F. Halsey", and "R. D. Edwards" 5½x4½, album leaf. Ten signatures of baseball players of the Pacific Coast League San Francisco Seals on verso, identified as "S.F. Seals" in unidentified hand. CHESTER W. NIMITZ was Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleetimmediately after Pearl Harbor. (1941-1945), became Five-Star Fleet Admiral in December 1944. On September 2, 1945, the surrender of Japan was received aboard his flagship (formerly Halsey's), the battleship Missouri. Nimitz served as Chief of Naval Operations from 1945-1947. WILLIAM F. "BULL" HALSEY was commander of the Allied naval forces in the South Pacific (1942-1944). After defeating the Japanese in a battle off the Solomon Islands, November 12-15, 1942, he was promoted to Four-Star Admiral. Halsey commanded the U.S. Third Fleet (1944-1945). The formal surrender of Japan took place aboard his flagship Missouri in Tokyo Bay. For the ceremony, the Missouri became the flagship for Admiral Nimitz and Halsey moved to the Iowa. In December 1945, Halsey was promoted to the rank of Five-Star Fleet Admiral. Admiral RICHARD S. EDWARDS (USNA 1906) served on battleships and submarines during World War I. During World War II he served as Vice Chief of Naval Operations (1944-1945) before retiring in 1947. He died in 1956. Verso is signed: "Neill Sheridan", "Frank Rosso", "Ferris Fain", "Al Lien", "Bill Werle", "Ed Pury", "Don White", "Doug Loane", "Bernie Uhalt" and "Ray Harrell". FERRIS FAIN (1921-2001) was an American League All-Star first baseman from 1950-1954, leading the league in batting in 1951 (.344) and 1952 (.327). FRANK ROSSO (1921-1980) pitched four innings for the 1944 New York Giants. BILL WERLE (1920- ) pitched for the Pirates, Cardinals and Red Sox, 1949-1954. Outfielder DON WHITE (1919-1987) played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1948 and 1949. NEILL SHERIDAN (1921- ) struck out in his only at bat for the 1948 Red Sox. Outfiedler BERNIE UHALT (1910- ) played in 57 games for the 1934 Chicago White Sox. RAY HARRELL (1912-1984) pitched for the Browns (1935, 1937-1938), Cubs (1939), Phillies (1939), Pirates (1940) and Giants (1945), compiling a 9-20 record. These signatures were probably gathered in 1946, when several of the ballplayers returned from military service. Fain, soon to become a big league star and batting champ, played his last season with the Seals of the Pacific Coast League in 1946. Halsey signature slightly dampstained with resulting show through on verso in blank area. Irregular edge from removal from bound book. Light soiling at margins. Fine condition.
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