WHITEY FORD - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL CO-SIGNED BY: CHARLIE "SMOKEY" MAXWELL, ANDY "HANDY ANDY" PAFKO, KEN KELTNER, RALPH KINER, JOHNNY "YATCHA" LOGAN - HFSID 294091
Sale Price $450.00
WHITEY FORD, RALPH KINER, KEN KELTNER, CHARLIE
MAXWELL, JOHNNY LOGAN and ANDY PAFKO
National League (Giamatti) baseball, signed by six former Major Leagues, including Hall of Famers Ford and Kiner. The other four were All-Stars, PSA/DNA authenticated signature.
Baseball signed: "Whitey Ford", "Ken Keltner", "Charlie Maxwell", "Johnny Logan", "Ralph Kiner", "Andy Pafko". With PSA/DNA Certificate of Authenticity and sticker (#K75685).Rawlings Official National League Baseball, A. Bartlett Giamatti, President, signed with various pens. Edward "WHITEY" FORD (1928-2020) was the "money pitcher" on the great Yankee teams of the 1950s and early 1960s, earning him the moniker "Chairman of the Board". The wily southpaw's lifetime record of 236-106 gives him the best winning percentage (.690) of any 20th century pitcher. He paced the American League in victories three times, and in ERA and shutouts twice. The 1961 Cy Young Award winner still holds many World Series records, including 10 wins and 94 strikeouts, once pitching 33 consecutive scoreless innings in the Fall Classic. Whitey Ford has the most career wins in the history of the New York Yankees with 236. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. In a relatively brief 10-year career, which was shortened by a back ailment, RALPH KINER (1922-2014), hit 369 home runs, winning or sharing the National League home run title in each of his first seven seasons in Pittsburgh. He topped 50 twice, with 51 in 1947 and 54 in 1949. His ratio of 7.1 home runs per 100 at-bats trails only Babe Ruth and Mark McGwire among retired players. Kiner averaged better than 100 RBI a season as he led the National League in slugging percentage three times. Since 1962, Kiner has been one of the New York Mets broadcasters. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1975. KEN KELTNER (1916-1991) was a major league third baseman from 1937 to 1950, most of those years with the Cleveland Indians. He took 1945 off to enter the Navy. Keltner was a seven-time All-Star (1940-1944,1946, 1948) in part because his powerful batting. He had three 20-home run seasons (1938, 1941, 1948), one 30 home-run seasons (1948) and two 100 RBI seasons (1938 and 1948). Keltner's three-run home run was the turning point in the tie-breaker playoff game against the Red Sox in 1948; the Indians went on to win the World Series that year. He wasn't a slouch in the fielding department, either. He helped to end Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak by stopping two plays on July 17, 1941 that would have been tallied as hits. Keltner had a career batting average of .276 with 163 home runs and 852 RBIs. Outfielder CHARLIE MAXWELL (b. 1927) played for four American League teams between 1950 and 1964, but 3,150 of his 3,796 games came in a Detroit Tigers uniform. The popular Maxwell was known for his clutch hitting, and for bashing home runs on Sunday. In 1960, he set an all-time record with 5 extra inning home runs in one season. Maxwell had good power (5 seasons with over 20 homers; including 31 in 1959). The two-time All-Star also boasted an impressive .360 lifetime on base percentage. Four-time All-Star JOHNNY LOGAN (1927-2013) played 13 Major League seasons, most with the Braves in Boston and Milwaukee. The fiery Logan, who didn't hesitate to charge the mound when he thought tough guys like Don Drysdale and Bob Gibson were trying to bean him, was the sparkplug of the 1957 Braves World Championship team (and the pennant-winning 1958 squad. He also led the league in doubles in 1957. A fine defensive shortstop, Logan handled more chances per game over his career than did Ozzie Smith, generally considered the best defensive shortstop of all time. He played a final season in Japan, becoming only the second player to appear in both the US World Series and the Japan Series (1964). Five-time National League All-Star ANDY PAFKO (1921-2013) played for three teams (Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves) in his 17-year NL career, and was on a pennant-winning team in each city. Primarily a centerfielder, he played a season at 3B for the Cubs, becoming one of the few players to make the All-Star team at both IF and OF positions. Pafko played on the last Cubs team to make it to the World Series (1945) and on the Milwaukee Braves' only World Championship team (1957). He made a famous blooper in 1949 with the Cubs. While arguing with umpire Al Barlick about whether he had caught or trapped a fly ball, Pafko forgot to call time out while Cardinal batter Rocky Nelson circled the bases, entering baseball legend for allowing an "inside the glove" home run. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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