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Early Al Simmons Signed Baseball
A special reverence abides in all of us for the glory of Jimmie Foxx, a slugger of eminence through Connie Mack's second dynasty. But if the statistics weren't consulted, we may overlook that team's mightiest batsman - Al Simmons. Through the seasons of their command of the American League (1929-31), it was Simmons who led the Athletics in average and runs-batted-in each year - that, while smacking 92 home runs in the same three-year period. In accommodating one fan's request, he signed this baseball on a side panel. The medium is to prescription - an OAL (Ban Johnson) which has toned to a light slate gray. In specific analysis, we report that this ball once had another signature on the sweet spot, but it has faded to obscurity (and not deliberately removed). As is evident in our photograph, this Ban Johnson baseball specie isolates to the period 1910-1925. Then, as the eye studies the Simmons autograph, it's apparent that he dated the ball as well. Again, partly obscured by age, this notation doesn't yield easily, but seems to be "Aug. 11th/ 27", which is mildly inconsistent with the slightly older vintage of the ball. The signature, "'Al' Simmons", is distinct against an acceptably uniform surface, and we assess it about "4-5" in quality. Certainly presenting as a single-signed Simmons, this ball's virtue is measurably elevated by the medium itself.
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