17 signatures from MLB Hall of Famers including Ernie Banks, Yogi Bera and Luis Aparicio. Also signed by Pete Rose who never made it to the HOF as he was banned for betting on the sport.

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BASEBALL HALL OF FAMERS 17 signatures from MLB Hall of Famers including Ernie Banks, Yogi Bera and Luis Aparicio. Also signed by Pete Rose who never made it to the HOF as he was banned for betting on the sport. Baseball signed: "Ernie Banks", "Luis Aparicio", "Bob Lemon", Hank Aaron", "Stan Musial", "Willie Mays", "Mickey Mantle", "Yogi Berra", "Billy Herman", "Frank Robinson", "Juan Marichal", "Harmon Killebrew", "Joe Sewell", "Jim Palmer", "Warren Spahn, "Whitey Ford" and "Pete Rose". Seventeen signatures in all. Official National League Baseball, A. Bartlett Giamatti, President. Fourteen of these legendary ballplayers were elected to the Hall by the Baseball Writers' Association between 1969 (Musial) and 1990 (Palmer). Two more, Herman and Sewell, were added by the Committee on Baseball Veterans. One signer, Pete Rose (b.1941), was banned from baseball in 1989 by none other than Bart Giamatti - by then Baseball Commissioner - for betting on baseball, and thus is not in the Hall. He is, however, one of the greatest players of all time. Seven of these players were deceased as of 2013 (Sewell, Herman, Mantle, Lemon, Killebrew, Spahn and Musial). Hall of Famer Aaron played for the Braves in Milwaukee (1954-1965) and Atlanta (1966-1974). He held the record for most career home runs (ultimately 755) from 1974, when he topped Ruth's 714, to 2007, when Barry Bonds edged past him to 262. Aaron is synonymous with home runs, but there was much more to Hammerin' Hank than his 755 round-trippers. He also set all-time marks for the most games, at bats, total bases and RBI's; and his batting average over 23 seasons was .305-indications of the all-around ability of this quiet man from Mobile. The N.L. MVP in 1957, he appeared in a record 24 All-Star contests with the Braves (Milwaukee and Atlanta) and Brewers. The 1956 American League Rookie of the Year, Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio (b.1934) played shortstop for the Chicago White Sox (1956-1962, 1968-1970), Baltimore Orioles (1963-1967) and Boston Red Sox (1971-1973). His 506 stolen bases ranked him seventh all-time when he retired, and he holds the lifetime shortstop records for games, double plays, and assists and the AL records for putouts and total chances. Aparicio dominated on a season-to-season basis too. In the first 13 years of his career, he led AL shortstops eight consecutive years in fielding, seven times in assists, four times in putouts, and twice each in total chances per game and double plays. Banks (1931-2015) will always be "Mr. Cub," the most popular player the franchise ever had. He played for the Cubs his entire career (1953-1971), retiring with 512 lifetime home runs. The first black player on the Cubs, Banks came up as a shortstop, where he won consecutive MVP awards (1958-1959), but actually played more games at first base. He led the League in home runs in 1958 and 1960 and in RBIs 1958-59. Banks was All-Star eleven times and won a Gold Glove in 1960. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977. A fine defensive catcher and handler of pitchers, Yogi Berra (1925-2015) was also a feared slugger and clutch hitter who led powerful Yankee teams in RBIs seven years in a row (1949-1955) and was named AL Most Valuable Player three times. Though famous for swinging at bad pitches, Yogi seldom struck out. He played in a record 14 World Series - on the winning team a record 10 times - and made every All-Star team from 1948 to 1962. As manager of the Yankees and later the Mets, Berra is one of only three Major League managers (along with Joe McCarthy and Sparky Anderson) to win pennants in both leagues. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1972. Berra is also famous for enriching the language with nonsensical expressions like "Ninety per cent of this game is half mental", "Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded", and "déjà vu all over again." Edward "Whitey" Ford (b. 1928) was the "money pitcher" on the great Yankee teams of the 1950s and early 1960s, earning him the moniker "Chairman of the Board". The wily southpaw's lifetime record of 236-106 gives him the best winning percentage (.690) of any 20th century pitcher. He paced the American League in victories three times, and in ERA and shutouts twice. The 1961 Cy Young Award winner still holds many World Series records, including 10 wins and 94 strikeouts, once pitching 33 consecutive scoreless innings in the Fall Classic. Whitey Ford has the most career wins in the history of the New York Yankees with 236. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. Herman, who spent his National League career primarily with the Chicago Cubs (1931-1941) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1941-1946), was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975. From his HOF bio: "As a stellar defensive second baseman, Billy Herman starred on pennant-winning clubs with the Cubs and Dodgers in the 1930s and 1940s. A master of the hit-and-run and an expert at stealing opponents' signals, he was lauded by Casey Stengel as 'one of the smartest players ever to come into the National League.' Herman still holds a host of fielding records, including five seasons of 900 or more chances. He also led the loop's second basemen in putouts seven times."  Killebrew (1936-2011) played 21 seasons for the Minnesota Twins (1954-1974) before playing a final year in 1975 for the Kansas City Royals. He was the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1969; led the league in home runs in 1959, 1962-1964, 1967 and 1969, finishing with 573 for his career. He led the league in RBIs in 1962, 1969 and 1971 and was an all-star in 1959, 1961, and 1963-1971. Killebrew was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984. Lemon, playing for the Cleveland Indians, was considered to be one of the best-hitting pitchers of his time and was often used as a pinch hitter, totaling 31 hits in 109 pinch-hit appearances (.284). His 37 home runs lifetime is just one behind Wes Ferrell's record for pitchers, and his 7 HR in 1949 ties him for second on the pitchers' season list. Lemon won 20 or more games seven times. He was voted All-Star from 1948 to 1954. Lemon later went on to manage the Yankees. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1976.  Mantle (1931-1995, born Mickey Charles Mantle in Spavinaw, Oklahoma), a New York Yankees slugger from 1951 to 1968, won the Triple Crown in 1956 and a World Series Grand Slam in 1953. He had a career batting average of .298 with 536 home runs and 1,509 career RBIs. The switch-hitting "Commerce Comet" accumulated a long list of accomplishments, including three MVP awards and a Triple Crown (1956). He contributed to 12 pennants and seven World Series titles in his first 14 seasons while establishing numerous World Series records, including most home runs (18). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974. The pride of  the Dominican Republic and of the San Francisco Giants, Marichal (b. 1937) won 243 games and lost only 142 over 16 marvelous seasons. The high-kicking right-hander enjoyed six 20-win seasons, hurled a no-hitter against Houston in 1963, and was named to nine All-Star teams. The "Dominican Dandy" twice led the National League in complete games and shutouts, finishing 244 contests during his career while fanning 2,303 and compiling a 2.89 ERA. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.Considered by many the greatest player of all time, Willie Mays was the prototype of the complete player; he hit for average and power, ran the bases with intelligence and speed, played a spectacular centerfield, and possessed a great arm. He was also remarkably durable, playing in at least 150 games for 13 consecutive seasons. Mays was an All-Star in 1954-1973, he received the Most Valuable Player Award in 1954 and 1965 and the Gold Glove in 1957-68.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979. On May 4, 1966, Mays passed Mel Ott's 19-year-old record of 511 National League home runs and finished his career with a total of 660, ranking him third on the all-time list behind Henry Aaron's 755 and Babe Ruth's 714. He retired with a .302 batting average.Pitching his entire career for the Orioles (1965-1984) who have retired his jersey number, no. 22, Palmer, born in 1945, was a 20-or-more game winner in eight of the nine seasons between 1970 and 1978. Three-time winner of the Cy Young Award, he appeared in six World Series and six All Star games and had a career won-lost mark of 268-152. As a TV analyst and commentator, Palmer is noted for openly criticizing bad play. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. National League Rookie of the Year in 1956 and Most Valuable Player in 1961, Frank Robinson was sent by the Cincinnati Reds to the Baltimore Orioles in 1966 in one of the worst trades in baseball history. He was American League Most Valuable Player and Triple Crown winner in 1966, leading the Orioles to an upset sweep of the Dodgers in their first ever World Series. He was selected as the 1966 World Series MVP. The 11-time All-Star became Major League Baseball's first Black manager (with the Cleveland Indians),1975-1977. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982, Robinson also managed the San Francisco Giants (1981-1984), Baltimore Orioles (1988-1991) and Montreal Expos (2002-2004), continuing as manager when the team became the Washington Nationals in 2005.Sewall played shortstop for the Cleveland Indians (1920-1930) and New York Yankees (1931-1933). He had a lifetime batting average of .312 in his 14-year career with 436 doubles. From September 13, 1922 to April 30, 1930, Sewell played 1,103 straight games, a major league record at the time. No one threatens to break his record of just 114 strikeouts in 7,132 games. Using a 40-ounce bat called "Black Betsy," he had three full seasons (1925, 1929 and 1933) in which he struck out just four times. Sewell was inducted into the Hall of Fame on January 31, 1977. Warren Spahn (1921-2003) is the most winning left-hander in history with 363 victories, all but seven coming with the Boston-Milwaukee Braves. He was a 20-game winner 13 times, including six years in a row; and led the National League in wins eight times and complete games on nine occasions. The Hall of Famer (1973) still holds the National League lifetime mark for innings pitched over his 21-year career, during which he hurled two no-hitters and won the 1957 Cy Young Award. Spahn hit 35 home runs in his career, more than any other pitcher. Baseball guru Bill James pointed out another measure of Spahn's greatness: his lifetime won-loss record (363-245) is almost the same as that of Hall of Fame hurlers Koufax and Drysdale combined (374-253)! He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star in World War II. Fine condition.

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