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American League Baseball (Cronin), signed by a dozen players Baseball signed: "Brooks Robinson" (sweet spot), "R Reichardt", "Ken Silvestri", "Larry Brown", "Denny Doyle", "Bobby Richardson", "Jake Gibbs", "Jim…"

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American League Baseball (Cronin), signed by a dozen players
Baseball signed: "Brooks Robinson" (sweet spot), "R Reichardt", "Ken Silvestri", "Larry Brown", "Denny Doyle", "Bobby Richardson", "Jake Gibbs", "Jim Perry", "Bill Skowron", "Ralph Houk" (twice), and two unidentified signers. 12 signers total. Rawlings Official American League Baseball. Known as "The Human Vacuum Cleaner," BROOKS ROBINSON (b. 1937) is considered by many to be the best defensive third baseman of all time. He played 23 seasons for the Orioles, setting major league career records for games, putouts, assists, chances, double plays, and fielding percentage. A clutch hitter as well, Robinson hit 268 career home runs, at one time an American League record for third basemen. Robinson earned the league's MVP Award in 1964 and the World Series MVP in 1970, when he hit .429 and made a variety of sparkling plays in the field. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983. RICK REICHARDT (b. 1943), who had played fullback for the University of Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, spent the first 6½ of his 11 Major League seasons (1964-1974) with the California Angels. A highly touted prospect, he was signed for $200,000 - a record at the time - convincing Major League baseball to establish a draft to head off potentially similar future bidding wars in the future. Reichardt hit for high average and power in his early years, but removal of a kidney in 1967 reduced his effectiveness thereafter. KEN SILVESTRI (1916-1992) was a reserve catcher for 3 Major League teams between 1939 and 1951, interrupted by four full years in the Navy during World War II. He appeared in only 102 Major League games, but had a long career as a coach and minor league manager, including a long stint as a Braves coach (1963-1975). Infielder LARRY BROWN (b. 1940) played 2B, 3B and shortstop for 12 Major League seasons (1963-1974), including six years as a Cleveland regular and finishing his career in a utility role. An average hitter, Brown was reliable as well as versatile in the field. DENNY DOYLE (1944-2022) was a slick fielding second baseman who platooned against right-handed pitchers for most of his 8 Major League seasons (1970-1977). He played for the Phillies and Angels, but is best remembered for his final three years with the Red Sox, including the memorable 1975 Reds-Red Sox World Series. BOBBY RICHARDSON (b. 1935) played his entire career with the New York Yankees (1955-1966), playing second base on seven pennant-winners. He won five consecutive Gold Gloves (1961-1965). Richardson was MVP of the 1961 World Series, and dramatically ended the 1962 Series when he caught Willie McCovey's hard liner with two on and two out in the ninth inning of Game Seven to preserve the Yankees' 1-0 victory over San Francisco. An ordained Baptist minister and Republican politician, Richardson converted Mickey Mantle to his evangelical Christian faith and presided at his 1995 funeral. JAKE GIBBS (b. 1938) spent his entire 10-year Major League career with the New York Yankees (1962-1971). Mostly a backup catcher, he was primary catcher for two years between the departure of Elston Howard and the arrival of Thurman Munson. A quarterback at Mississippi and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Gibbs returned to Ole Miss as baseball coach for 19 years. A three-time All-Star, Jim Perry (b. 1935) won the Cy Young Award with the Minnesota Twins in 1970. In 17 big league seasons (1959-1975), he won 215 games, which combined with brother Gaylord's total, ranks the pair a close second behind the Niekros, who remain the winningest pitching brothers in MLB history (the Perry brothers have 529 wins, while the Niekros brothers recorded 539). BILL SKOWRON (b. 1930) joined the Yankees as a first baseman in 1954. A powerful opposite-field hitter, he topped the .300 mark five times with New York and made 6 All-Star teams. He became a hero of the 1958 World Series versus the Braves, when he drove in what proved to be the winning run in Game Six, and hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning of the final game to give New York a 6-2 victory. He was traded to the Dodgers in 1963. RALPH HOUK (1919-2010) debuted as a catcher with the 1947 Yankees, hitting .272 in 41 games, before the arrival of Yogi Berra sent Houk back to the minors. He played only 50 more games in seven seasons as Berra's back-up. Houk replaced Casey Stengel as Yankee manager in 1961, winning world championships his first two seasons and adding a pennant in 1963. Kicked upstairs after the Dodgers swept the 1963 World Series, he served as Yankee vice president and general manager until May 1966. Back on the field, Houk managed the Yankees (1966-73), the Tigers (1974-78) and the Red Sox (1981-84). After 20 years of managing, he stood tenth all-time in games, wins, and losses. Signatures lightly beaded, but still legible. Otherwise, fine condition.

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