THE DETROIT TIGERS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: RALPH "HAWK" BRANCA, NED GARVER, TED GRAY - HFSID 265052
Sale Price $378.00
DETROIT TIGERS CO-SIGNED BY: NED GARVER, RED GRAY and RALPH BRANCA
B/w photograph showing three pitchers who played for the Detroit Tigers in 1953-1954
Photograph signed: "Ned Garver", "Ted Gray" and "Ralph Branca". B/w, 10x8. All three pitched for the Detroit Tigers in 1953-1954. Branca was selected off waivers by Detroit from the Brooklyn Dodgers on July 10, 1953, then went to the New York Yankees after appearing in 17 games for Detroit in 1954. Ned Garver (1925-2017) pitched in the bigs from 1948 to 1961, mostly for the St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Athletics. Garver was an unusually strong batter for a pitcher, especially during his first four seasons in the majors. He hit a personal best batting average of .305 in 1951, the same year he was voted to the All-Star team. That, plus winning over a third of the last-place St. Louis Browns' games that year (20 in all) made him the highest paid player in Browns history (a whopping $25,000). He left the majors with a 129-157 record and 3.73 ERA with 18 shutouts and 881 strikeouts, as well as a .218 batting average with seven home runs and 21 RBIs knocked in. Ralph Branca (1926-2016) pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1944-1953, 1956), Detroit Tigers (1953-1954) and New York Yankees (1954). An All-Star in 1947, 1948 and 1949, he was 21-12 in 1947 with a 2.67 ERA. In the 1947 World Series, he won Game Six, saved by Al Gionfriddo's famous catch of DiMaggio's drive. On October 3, 1951, Branca threw the pitch that the New York Giants' Bobby Thomson hit for a three-run home run to give the Giants' the National League pennant. Ted Gray (born December 31, 1924) played eight seasons with the Detroit Tigers. He ended his career with a record of 59-74 with 687 strikeouts and an Earned Run Average of 4.37. He was selected for the 1950 All-Star but ended up as the losing pitcher in the game giving up a game winning home run in the fourteenth inning to Red Schoendienst. Fine condition.
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