TRACY STALLARD - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: JACK "FAT JACK" FISHER, JIM "MUDCAT" GRANT, BILL MONBOUQUETTE, PAUL FOYTACK - HFSID 288604
Sale Price $467.50
TRACY STALLARD, JACK FISHER, PAUL FOYTACK, BILL
MONBOUQUETTE and MUDCAT GRANT
20x16 photo showing Roger Maris rounding the bases after hitting his 61st home run to top Ruth's season record. Signed by Tracy Stallard (shown on the mound) and four other pitchers who tossed gopher balls to Maris that season
Photograph signed: "Tracy Stallard", "Jack Fisher #60", "Paul Foytack #1", "Mudcat/Grant/#56", "Bill Monboquette ##33-36". B/w, 20x16. Captioned in lower margin. Accompanied by candid color photos of four of these pitchers, signing. In 1961, Yankees Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle pursued Babe Ruth's long-standing record of 60 home runs in the 1927 season. On October 1 at Yankee Stadium, Maris broke the record with the home run off TRACY STALLARD of the Red Sox, the only run scored in the game. (Stallard, while admitting he would be little remembered if he hadn't grooved that fastball to Maris, denies having yielded the homer intentionally. Stallard had already gotten Maris to fly out weakly in the first inning of one of the best games he ever pitched.) Also signing here are JACK FISHER, who gave up the record-tying #60 on the mound for the Baltimore Orioles; PAUL FOYTACK, the Detroit Tiger who yielded homer #1, JIM "MUDCAT" GRANT of the Cleveland Indians, who tossed #56; and BILL MONBOUQUETTE, twice a victim as a Red Sox hurler. The "victims" here would have made a respectable starting rotation for any team. Maris wasn't just feasting off weak pitchers in the season which saw the expansion of the American League from 8 to 10 teams. Maris' record originally carried an asterisk in the record books, because it was achieved in 162 games, versus Ruth's 154, but unlike the players who have broken his record since, Maris achieved it without any allegations of performance-enhancing chemicals. Accompanied by PSA/DNA Certificate of Authenticity (H81763) and authentication sticker affixed to photograph. Fine condition.
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