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WILLIE "SAY HEY KID" MAYS - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL CO-SIGNED BY: LUKE APPLING, MEL PARNELL, BOB FELLER, WHITEY FORD, JOSE CARDENAL, DON LARSEN, EARLY WYNN - HFSID 164722

WILLIE MAYS CO-SIGNED BY: LUKE APPLING, MEL PARNELL, BOB FELLER, WHITEY FORD, JOSE CARDENAL, DON LARSEN and EARLY WYNN Eight baseball greats sign a Dudley Dixie Youth Baseball Baseball signed:

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WILLIE MAYS CO-SIGNED BY: LUKE APPLING, MEL PARNELL, BOB FELLER, WHITEY FORD, JOSE CARDENAL, DON LARSEN and EARLY WYNN
Eight baseball greats sign a Dudley Dixie Youth Baseball
Baseball signed: "Willie Mays", "Luke Appling", "Mel Parnell", "Bob Feller", "Whitey Ford", "Jose Cardenal", "Don Larsen", "Early Wynn" and two unidentified signers. Dudley - Dixie Youth Baseball, leather 5 oz.-9 in. Willie Mays, born Willie Howard Mays, Jr. in Westfield, Alabama in 1931, a star on the New York/San Francisco Giants from 1951 to 1972, led the league in stolen base titles in 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959. His career batting average was .302, and Mays hit 660 home runs and 1,903 career RBIs. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979. Luke Appling (1907-1991) retired with a lifetime batting average of .310, hitting .388 in 1936, the highest ever for a shortstop. In 1949, at age 42, he was the oldest regular shortstop in baseball history. Mel Parnell, born Melvin Lloyd Parnell (1922-2012), played his entire major league career (1947-1956) with the Boston Red Sox. His career was hampered by Fenway Park, considered to be a hitter's park. Even so, he was voted to two All-Star teams (1949 and 1951). Parnell's best year may have been 1949, when he led the American League in wins, complete games and home runs per nine innings and had a personal best win-loss record (.781) and ERA (2.77). He left the majors with a 123-75 record and a 3.50 ERA with 20 shutouts and 732 strikeouts. Bob Feller (1918-2010) has the most wins 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. Whitey Ford, born Edward Ford in 1928, 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, and once pitched 33 consecutive scoreless innings in the Fall Classic. 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. Cuban immigrant Jose Cardenal played for nine teams during eighteen seasons in the Major Leagues (1963-1980) and later coached with four teams. Cardenal was a speedy base runner with good range and a strong arm in centerfield. Yankee pitcher Don Larsen (b. 1929) was immortalized by his World Series perfect game on October 8, 1956 (witnessed by 64,519 fans). This was the only perfect game ever pitched in the World Series. Named the MVP of the series, Larsen, who had been knocked out in the second inning of Game Two, started Game Five. The Yankees would go on to become champs after beating the Brooklyn Dodgers by four games to three. The vanishing breed of scowling, intimidating pitchers is best typified by Hall of Famer and 300-game-winner Early Wynn (1920-1999). He was thirty-nine-years old when he won the Cy Young Award as he led the 1959 White Sox to the World Series. Wynn had a 300-244 lifetime record in his 23-year career, during which he pitched for the Washington Senators (1939-1948), Cleveland Indians (1949-1957) and White Sox (1958-1962). Fine condition.

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