WARREN SPAHN - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: BOB GIBSON, BOB FELLER - HFSID 135293
BASEBALL HALL OF FAMERS: PITCHERS Three baseball hall of famers pitchers sign a First Day cover honoring Lou Gehrig Philatelic Envelope signed: "Warren Spahn", "Bob Feller" and "Bob Gibson", 6½x3½.
Sale Price $270.00
BASEBALL HALL OF FAMERS: PITCHERS
Three baseball hall of famers pitchers sign a First Day cover honoring Lou Gehrig
Philatelic Envelope signed: "Warren Spahn", "Bob Feller" and "Bob Gibson", 6½x3½. First Day Cover honoring Lou Gehrig with 25-cent Gehrig stamp affixed, postmarked Cooperstown, N.Y., June 10, 1989, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Hall of Famer Gibson, a Harlem Globetrotter in 1957 and 1958, posted a 1.12 ERA in 1968, the lowest figure since 1914, a factor in convincing baseball officials to lower the pitching mound the next year. Bob Feller (1918-2010) has the most wins of any pitcher in Cleveland Indians history, in 1962 "Rapid Robert" became the first pitcher since charter member Walter Johnson to be elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Though regarded as the fastest pitcher of his day, he himself attributed his strikeout records to his curve and slider. Feller set a ML record with 208 walks and led the AL in both strikeouts and wins from 1939 to 1941. He was voted All-Star in 1938-41, 1946-48 and in 1950. Warren Spahn (1921-2003) is the winningest left-hander in history with 363 victories, all but seven coming with the Boston-Milwaukee Braves. He was a 20-game winner 13 times, including six years in a row; and led the National League in wins eight times and complete games on nine occasions. The Hall of Famer (1973) still holds the National League lifetime mark for innings pitched over his 21-year career, during which he hurled two no-hitters and won the 1957 Cy Young Award. Spahn hit 35 home runs in his career, more than any other pitcher. Baseball guru Bill James pointed out another measure of Spahn's greatness: his lifetime won-loss record (363-245) is almost the same as that of Hall of Fame hurlers Koufax and Drysdale combined (374-253)! He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star in World War II. Fine condition.
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