LEO DUROCHER - BOOK SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: LUKE APPLING, JESSE J. "POP" HAINES, PETE GRAY, JOE MCCARTHY, BOB FELLER, LEFTY GROVE, HARRY HOOPER, JOE "DUCKIE-WUCKIE" MEDWICK, WAITE HOYT, ERNIE "SCHNOZZ" LOMBARDI, EARLE "THE KENTUCKEY COLONEL" COMBS, RALPH KINER, BILL DICKEY, LLOYD "LITTLE POISON" WANER, OSSIE BLUEGE, STAN COVELESKI, RUBE MARQUARD, JOE CRONIN, JOE GARAGIOLA, BILL DIETRICH - HFSID 293075
Sale Price $595.00
BASEBALL OLD-TIMERSTwenty-one famous players and managers, 17 of them members of baseball's Hall of Fame, signed this photo album Book signed: "Harry Hooper", "Rube Marquard", "Stan Coveleski", "Jesse Haines", "Waite Hoyt", "Ossie Bluege", "Earl Combs", "Joe McCarthy", "Leo Durocher", "Lefty Grove", "Regards/Lloyd Waner", "Joe Cronin", "Bill Dickey", "Luke Appling", "Ernie Lombardi", "Joe Medwick", "Bill Dietrich", "Pete Gray", "Bob Feller", "Ralph Kiner" and. "Joe/ Garagiola", 8½x11, 47 pages. Old-Timers Baseball Photo Album, signed in ink by each on his printed photo. Although several signers also served as managers, two are in the Hall of Fame primarily for their managerial talents. LEO DUROCHER (1905-1991, HOF 1979) spent his first full major league season with the 1928 World Champion Yankees, and played thereafter for the Reds, Cardinals and Dodgers. He was captain of the "Gashouse Gang" Cardinals, World Champions in 1934. Durocher was player-manager of the Dodgers in 1939-41, 1943, and 1945. He guided the Dodgers to the NL pennant in 1941, and to second-place finishes in 1940, 1942, and 1946. He retired among the all-times leaders in games managed (3740), wins (2010), and losses (1710). JOE McCARTHY (1887-1978, HOF 1957) finished his long career with a major league all-time best winning percentage of .615 (2125-1333). He won the NL pennant with the 1929 Chicago Cubs and the 1942 AL pennant and 1932, 1936-1939, 1941 and 1943 World Series with the New York Yankees. Only one other manager, fellow Yankee skipper Casey Stengel, has won as many World Series (7). In a quarter century as a big league manager, he was skipper of the Cubs for 5 seasons (through 1930), the Yankees for 16 and the Red Sox for 3. HARRY HOOPER (1887-1984, HOF 1971) is the only man to play on four Boston Red Sox World Championship teams (1912, 1915, 1916, 1918). A steady leadoff hitter and spectacular defensive outfielder, the Hall of Famer played for the Boston Red Sox (1909-1920) and Chicago White Sox (1921-1925). Hooper still holds the all-time Red Sox record for triples (130) and stolen bases (300). Richard "RUBE" MARQUARD (1889-1980, HOF 1971) was a 20-game winner each year with Giant champions of 1911-1912-1913.He tied the all-time record with 19 victories in a row while winning 26 and losing 11 in 1912. Marquard led the National League in winning percentage and strikeouts in 1911, and for most victories in 1912. He tossed a no-hitter against the Dodgers in 1915. STAN COVELESKI (1889-1984, HOF 1969) pitched for the Philadelphia Athletics (1912), Cleveland Indians (1916-1924), Washington Senators (1925-1927) and New York Yankees (1928) with a 215-142 record. He was the hero in the 1920 World Series with three complete-game wins against Brooklyn while yielding only two runs. He won 20 or more games five times and had a lifetime 215-142 won-lost record over a 14-year career. JESSE HAINES (1893-1978, HOF 1970) was a durable right-hander and tough competitor who won 210 games during his 18 years with the Cardinals. By adding a knuckleball to his pitching repertoire, he became an ace, achieving 20 victories on three occasions. He pitched a no-hitter against Boston in 1924. Two years later he defeated the Yankees twice in the World Series-once by shutout. He also won another Series start against the Athletics in 1930. Haines played more years for the Cardinals than any player in history; only Bob Gibson got more pitching wins for the club. WAITE HOYT (1899-1984, HOF 1969) was a mainstay on the pitching staff of the great Yankee teams of the 1920s. The right-hander pitched for New York from 1921 to early 1930 and had a record of 157-98 in pinstripes. In 1927 he led the AL in wins (22), ERA (2.63), and winning percentage (.759). He spent the last seven years of his career in the NL, which he led in relief wins in 1934 (7) and 1935 (5). In 1941 Hoyt moved to the broadcast booth. He was the voice of the Reds until his retirement in 1965. EARLE COMBS (1899-1976, HOF 1970) was centerfielder for four World Champion Yankees teams of the "Murderer's Row" era (1926-1928, 1932. A lifetime .325 hitter, he had 200 or more hits three times, and led the league with 231 hits in 1927 while batting .356. He paced the American League in triples three times and twice led outfielders in putouts. He batted .350 in four World Series." A speedy leadoff hitter on base is never a good situation for a pitcher, but with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig waiting to bat it was a real nightmare. Robert Moses "LEFTY" GROVE (1900-1975, HOF 1947) was the pitching ace of the Philadelphia Athletics dynasty which whipped the Ruth/Gehrig Yankees three years in a row and won World Series in 1929-1930. His 1930 season (31-4, 175 strikeouts, 2.06 ERA, may be the best season by a pitcher ever, especially considering that 1930 was the best year ever for hitters in the pre-steroids era. Traded to the Red Sox for the 1934 season, he continued his winning ways through 1941. Grove won 300 Major League games, with a .680 winning percentage and led the league in Earned Run Average 8 times.BOB FELLER (1918-2010, HOF 1962) has the most wins of any pitcher in Cleveland Indians history, and was the first pitcher since charter member Walter Johnson to be elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Though regarded as the fastest pitcher of his day, he himself attributed his strikeout records to his curve and slider. Feller set a Major League record with 208 walks and led the AL in both strikeouts and wins from 1939 to 1941. He was voted All-Star in 1938-41, 1946-48 and in 1950. LLOYD WANER (1906-1982, HOF 1967)had 223 hits, setting a major league rookie record. He had 221 hits in 1928 and 234 hits in 1929. Lloyd ("Little Poison") played for 18 years and his bigger and older brother Paul, "Big Poison", played for 20 years. From 1927-1940, they played next to each other in the Pittsburgh Piratesoutfield. JOE CRONIN (1906-1984, HOF 1956) was a star shortstop for the Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox, playing for the Senators in the 1933 World Series and the Red Sox in the 1946 classic. He played in the first All-Star Game (1933), and in 6 more. He later managed both teams (the Bosox for 13 years), and was General Manager of the Red Sox (1948-1949) and President of the American League (1959-1974). The premier catcher of the late 1930s and early 1940s, the left-handed-hitting BILL DICKEY (1907-1993, HOF 1954) was the soul of the Yankee dynasty bridging the Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio eras as a player and the Mickey Mantle era as a coach. A key performer for the Yankees on eight American League pennant-winners and seven World Series championships, Dickey hit .313 over his 17-year career. He was a Yankee coach from 1947-1957, helping to make Yogi Berra into a great catcher. Holding down the White Sox shortstop position during his 20-year career (1930-1950), LUKE APPLING (1907-1991, HOF 1964) proved to be a consistent fielder, solid lead-off hitter and fan favorite. As a lead-off batter, he was known for his ability to intentionally foul-off pitches until receiving the pitch he wanted for a base hit. He twice captured the American League batting title, finished with a .310 lifetime average and a career total of 2,749 hits. ERNIE LOMBARDI (1908-1977, HOF 1986) hit .306 over 17 seasons (ten times batting over .300), winning batting titles in 1938 and 1942 and earning the National League MVP award in 1938. These hitting stats are all the more remarkable because the stocky Lombardi was the slowest runner in the Majors, allowing infielders to play deep on him. Lombardi caught for the Dodgers (1931), Reds (1932-1941), Braves (1942) and Giants (1943-1947). JOE MEDWICK (1911-1975, HOF 1968), known to fans as Ducky (but not to his face) and to teammates as Muscles, joined the colorful "Gas House Gang" Cardinals in 1932. A ten-time All-Star left fielder, starting with the second All-Star Game in 1934, he was National League MVP in 1937, the most recent NL player to win the Triple Crown (most homers, most RBIs and highest batting average). In 1936, he set a still standing record of 64 doubles in a season. Medwick was on the Cardinals' 1934 World Championship team, and played in another World Series with the Dodgers (their 1941 loss to the Yankees). In a 10-year career shortened by a back ailment, RALPH KINER (1922-2014, HOF 1975)hit 369 home runs, winning or sharing the National League home run title in each of his first seven seasons in Pittsburgh. He topped 50 twice, with 51 in 1947 and 54 in 1949. His ratio of 7.1 home runs per 100 at-bats trails only Babe Ruth and Mark McGwire among retired players. Kiner averaged better than 100 RBI a season as he led the National League in slugging percentage three times. Hehas been a New York Mets broadcaster for half a century, beginning with the very first team (1962).OSSIE BLUEGE (1900-1985) played his entire career with the Washington Senators (1922-1939), playing in all three of the team's World Series appearances (1924-1925, 1933) and only World Championship (1924). An outstanding defensive third baseman, he could also play the other infield positions. After his playing days, Bluege coached and managed (1943-1947) the Senators, and directed their farm system. BILL DIETRICH (1910-1978) was a mainstay of the Chicago White Sox starting rotation in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He threw a no-hitter against the St Louis Browns in 1937. Playing for weak teams, he finished with a career mark of 108-128, including a career high 16 wins (and 17 losses) in 1944. PETE GRAY (1915-2002), who lost his right arm when he was six years old, went on to become the Major Leagues' first one-armed baseball player.His single season in the Major Leagues was in 1945, when the ranks of big league ballplayers were depleted by the demands of military service. Gray made his debut on April 18, 1945, getting one hit in four at bats in a 7-1 win over Detroit. He played in 77 games, finishing with a .218 batting average. Catcher JOE GARAGIOLA (1926-2016)caught for four National League teams (Cardinals, Pirates, Cubs and Giants) from 1946 to 1954, and was a better player than his self-deprecating humor would lead one to believe. However, he earned greater fame as a baseball commentator, working NBC's Major League Baseball (1961-1988) and co-hosting the Today Show through 1973. A close friend of President Gerald Ford, he made joint appearances with Ford during the 1976 Presidential campaign. He wrote a best-seller, Baseball is a Funny Game. Edges and corners worn. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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