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1997 commemorative baseball for BAT (Baseball Assistance Team), signed by twelve players.

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1997 commemorative baseball for BAT (Baseball Assistance Team), signed by twelve players.
Baseball signed: "Sandy Koufax", "Jim Palmer", "Joe Torre", "Ernie Banks" and "Derek Jeter", along with seven unidentified signatures. In an unsealed PSA/DNA cube with PSA/DNA sticker (H46842). BAT, the Baseball Assistance Team is an organization who aids members of the baseball family most in need. They strive to provide support for individuals who are unable to help themselves, assisting with psychological, financial and physical burdens.. Ernie Banks (1931-2015) will always be "Mr. Cub," the most popular player the Cubs 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, 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, was MVP in 1958-59 and won a Gold Glove in 1960. He was the first Cub to have his number retired (1971), and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977. Derek Jeter (b. 1974), the American League Rookie of the Year in 1996, has played his entire Major League career in Yankee pinstripes, leading the team to 5 World Championships and serving as captain since 2003. He was the MVP of the All-Star Game and of the World Series in the same year (2000). Eleven times an All-Star through 2010, Jeter has more hits than any other Yankee in history (having passed Lou Gehrig in 2009), and more hits than any other shortstop in history. When his defensive range was faulted by statisticians early in the new century, Jeter began a special off-season exercise program to remedy - successfully - this single weakness in his game. When baseball fans name the greatest shortstops of all time, Honus Wagner - who retired nearly a century ago - is the consensus choice for #1. Derek Jeter is on a very short list for consideration as #2. Sandy Koufax holds the major league record for most consecutive years leading the league in Earned Run Average (1962-1966) during which time his record was 111-34 with 100 complete games, 33 of them shutouts. In 1963, the Dodgers' pitcher was the National League's Most Valuable Player and Cy Young Award winner. He also won the Cy Young Award in 1965 and 1966. Traumatic arthritis ended his career after the 1966 season. In 1972, Koufax, at 36, became the youngest player ever elected to the Hall of Fame. 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. Joe Torre made the All-Star nine times, playing for the Braves (in both Milwaukee and Atlanta), Cardinals and Mets. In 1971 with St. Louis, he was the National League's Most Valuable Player, leading the league in batting average (.363), total bases, RBI's (137) and several other hitting categories. The versatile Torre caught 903 games, while playing 787 at 1B, 515 at 3B, and two in the outfield. Beginning in 1977, Torre managed the same three teams he had played for. Then, in 1996, he took over the reins of the New York Yankees, leading them to six pennants and four World Championships through 2006. In the first half of the 2007 season, he passed Miller Huggins (1,796) and Casey Stengel (1,851) to become the second longest-reigning Yankees manager (1,862 at mid-season), trailing only Joe McCarthy (2,348 games between 1931 and 1946). Declining a new Yankees contract at a reduced salary, Torre became manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008, taking the club to the National League Championship series in each of his first two seasons. Fine condition.

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