THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL CO-SIGNED BY: JOHNNY OATES, HAROLD "HAL" BAINES, MARK WILLIAMSON, CAL RIPKEN JR., LEE SMITH, LONNIE "SKATES" SMITH, SID "EL SID" FERNANDEZ, DWIGHT (JOHN) SMITH, BRADY ANDERSON, JAMIE MOYER, CHRIS HOILES, MIKE MUSSINA, TIM HULETT, MIKE OQUIST, JEFF TACKETT, JIM POOLE, MARK EICHHORN, LEO GOMEZ, JACK VOIGT, TOM BOLTON, MARK MCLEMORE, MIKE DEVEREUX, JEFFREY HAMMOND, DAMON BUFORD - HFSID 277335
Sale Price $595.00
BALTIMORE ORIOLES (1994): THE STRIKE SEASON.
27 team members sign a baseball in the year without a World Series for the first time since 1904.
Baseball signed: "Johnny Oates" (in the sweet spot), "Jim Poole", "Mark Williamson", "Mike Mussina", "Lonnie Smith", "Mark Eichhorn", "Mike Oquist", "Brady Anderson", "Jeff Tackett", "Lee Smith", "Leo Gomez", "Mark McLemore", "Dwight Smith", "Mike Devereux", "Tim Hulett/Romans 6:23", "Chris Hoiles", "Jeffrey Hammond", "Jamie Moyer", "Sid Fernandez", "Jack Voight", "Harold Baines 34", "Damon Buford", "Cal Ripken Jr", "Tom Bolton" and 3 unidentified signers. In all 27 signatures. Rawlings official American League baseball, Bobby Brown President. As of August 11, 1994, the Orioles had a record of 63-49, good for second place in the American League East, 6½ games behind the New York Yankees. That proved to be the end of the season, however. The Major League Players' Association had voted to strike on August 12 unless a new contract agreement had been reached by that date. No games were played prior to September 12, when Commissioner Bud Selig declared that it was too late to salvage the season, and cancelled the postseason. In 1994, for the first time in 90 years, no World Series was played. Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos broke ranks with other owners, declaring that he would not use replacement players if the strike persisted into 1995. The strike ended the day before the scheduled start of the 1995 season, not through a negotiated agreement but by an injunction from a federal judge. Although the strike seemed to sour many Americans on professional baseball, with attendance down sharply and many expressions of anger by fans. The sport bounced back within a few years, however, boosted by landmarks like signer Cal Ripken Jr.'s breaking of Lou Gehrig's streak of consecutive games played during the 1995 season. Fine condition.
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