THE BOSTON BRAVES - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: JACK TEAGARDEN, TOMMY HOLMES, NELSON POTTER, BILL "BIG BILL" VOISELLE, CHARLES "RED" BARRETT, EARL TORGESON, CONNIE (CORNELIUS) RYAN, SEIJI OZAWA, ELBIE FLETCHER, PAUL BURRIS, BOB STURGEON, CLIFF CONATSER - HFSID 299858
Sale Price $342.00
BOSTON BRAVES (1948-1949), JACK TEAGARDEN & SEIJI OZAWA
Album page signed by the jazz legend, and by a dozen members of the National League pennant winners
Signatures: "Paul Burris", "Bill Voiselle", "Charles 'Red' Barrett", "Connie Ryan", "Elbie Fletcher", Tommy Holmes", "Nelson Potter", "Earl Torgeson", "Clint Conatser", "Bob Sturgeon" and 2 unidentified signers. Also signed on verso "Seiji Ozawa", "Jack Teagarden" and 3 unidentified signers. 1 page (front and verso), 5x8. The 1948 Boston Braves won the National League pennant for the first time since 1914, going 91-62 under manager Billy Southworth. The team would move to Milwaukee in 1953, and on to Atlanta in 1965, bringing a World Championship to each of those cities (and several more pennants). The Braves lost the World Series to the Cleveland Indians, a team which has won only one pennant and no World Series since. Represented here are catcher PAUL BURRIS, first baseman EARL TORGESON, second sackers CONNIE RYAN and BOB STURGEON, outfielders TOMMY HOLMES and CLIFF CONATSER, as well as pitchers BILL VOISELLE, RED BARRETT and NELSON POTTER. The signatures were probably gathered in Spring Training, 1949, when first baseman ELBIE FLETCHER, a veteran of Braves campaigns of 1934-1939, rejoined the team for a final season. The other two signers were not roster players from 1948 or 1949, but probably coaches or announcers, or prospects who didn't make the final cut. Japanese Conductor SEIJI OZAWA (b. 1935) served as Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1965-1969). He went on to serve as Music Director for the San Francisco Symphony (1970-1972), the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1973-2002), and the Vienna State Opera (2002-2010). He conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra for soloist Itzhak Perlman, who was awarded the 1980 Grammy for Best Classical Performance-Instrumental Soloist or Soloists (with Orchestra) and the 1995 Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist or Soloists Performance (with Orchestra). Ozawa won the 1976 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction for PBS's Central Park in the Dark/A Hero's Life Evening at Symphony and the 1994 Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement-Cultural Programming for PBS's The Dvorak Concert From Prague: A Celebration. American composer JACK TEAGARDEN (1905-1964) was a jazz trombonist, vocalist and bandleader, at home with the blues as few white musicians of his era were. Self-taught on the trombone and playing with a distinctive style, he played with many of the best jazz artists, including a world tour with Louis Armstrong. He was the featured performer at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival. Teagarden was leading a Dixieland group in New Orleans when he died young, of pneumonia. Lightly toned. Lightly soiled. Lightly worn. Lightly frayed at right edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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