August 26, 2021 Rock & Roll, Entertainment, Sports and Americana
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/26/2021

The Official National League Spalding (Heydler) ball has been neatly notated along two of the laces “CHICAGO CUBS 1932” and “ANDY LOTSHAW TRAINER” and signed by 20 players and coaches of the 1932 National League Champion Chicago Cubs. Based on the appearance on this ball of Carroll Yerkes, who was puchased from Reading-Albany of the International League on September 5 of that year, it's possible this ball was signed DURING THE 1932 WORLD SERIES versus the New York Yankees, which started on September 28. The Cubs were swept by the New York Yankees in the series, which famously included Babe Ruth's “called shot” home run in Game 3 at Wrigley Field. Regardless, it appears legendary Cubs trainer Andy Lotshaw saw fit to get himself a souvenir of the Cubs season.

Signatures include: Riggs Stephenson (sweet spot), Woody English, Red Corriden (coach), Pat Malone, Gabby Hartnet (HOF), Carroll Yerkes (signed September 5, 1932), Bud Tinning (up from Minors in 1932), Burleigh Grimes (HOF, signed “B. Grimes”), Billy Jurges, Leroy Herrmann (up from Minors in 1932), Johnny Moore, Jakie May (retires after 1932, pitched in WS vs Yankees), Charley O'Leary (coach, though while coaching St. Louis Browns in 1934 had plate appearance as a pinch hitter at 59 years old, becoming the oldest player to record a hit and score a run!), Rollie Hemsley (traded from Cubs after 1932 season), Ed Baecht (traded from Cubs after 1932 season), Billy Herman (HOF), Zach Taylor, Stan Hack (signed “Stanley”), Mark Koenig (joins Cubs August 5, 1932, member of the 1927 Yankees), and Frank Demaree (joins Cubs July 15, 1932).

SABR's website has a nice entry for Andy Lotshaw, which reads in part “From 1923 to 1952, the Chicago Cubs had 10 managers but only one head trainer—Andy Lotshaw. He was also the head trainer for the Chicago Bears. Players called him “Doc,” and he indeed doctored them, though he lacked formal education in the medical field. He administered his own homespun remedies for sore arms, charley horses, and other ailments. Lotshaw was a colorful character, loquacious and witty; and a valuable contributor, hard-working and energetic. The Cubs won five NL pennants and the Bears won six NFL championships during his tenure.” Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Beckett Authentic. The ball is moderately toned, though evenly, and most signatures are in the 2-3 range, in terms of grade. Still a nice example of a very tough team signed ball.

1932 Chicago Cubs National League Champion Team Signed Baseball – 20 Signatures Incl. Hartnett, Grimes and Herman
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium: $144
Estimate: $400 - $800
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Thursday, August 26, 2021.
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