With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the New York Yankees trailed the visiting St. Louis Cardinals by a 3-2 margin in the seventh and decisive game of the 1926 World Series. As the tying run, the mighty Babe Ruth drew a walk from a very inebriated Grover Alexander. With Bob Meusel at the plate and Lou Gehrig on deck, Ruth inexplicably tried to steal second base
only to be thrown out in the attempt. The St. Louis Cardinals captured their first World Series title, and Ruth was the goat of Bronx loyalists. The offered red-and-blue stitched OAL ball is etched by twelve members from the squads including Ruth, Alexander, Huggins and Shocker. The sphere is coated with a thin layer of period shellac that has sustained significant chipping, contusions and other soiling over the decades. Despite those detractors, the blue steel-tip fountain pen signatures are still quite legible. Endorsers include: Sweet Spot: Ruth (6); West Panel: Frisch (4); East Panel: Shawkey (4), V. Davis (4), Huggins (d.1929, 4-5); North Panel: Chesterfield (6), Shocker (d.1928, 6), Ruether (6), Lazzeri (4); South Panel: Hoyt (5), Alexander (4-5) and Bengough (4). Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
Research indicates this ball contains endorsements from the 1926 Yankees and Cardinals, not the 1928 team as indicated on the LOA.