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In 1934 Connie Mack led a group of Major League players on a highly publicized postseason goodwill tour of Japan. That much-celebrated tour is especially noteworthy as it was the only overseas tour in which both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig participated. Offered is a Reach Official American League baseball signed in black steel tip fountain pen by 17 members of that famous overseas tour. Connie Mack's signature graces the sweet spot while Ruth and Gehrig are on neighboring side panels. The remaining signatures on the ball are those of Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Gomez, Charlie Gehringer, Earl Averill, Moe Berg, Joe Cascarella (signed twice), Lefty O'Doul, Doc Ebling (trainer), Clint Brown, Frank Hayes, Earl Whitehill, Bing Miller, Hal Warstler and Bob Schroeder (secretary). A 1934 Tour of Japan team-signed ball is one of the great classics of all signed baseballs. In addition to featuring the signatures of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and many other stars, this ball represents one of the most celebrated tours in baseball history, and is a ball that tells a story. Of special interest to historians is the fact that Moe Berg's signature is included on this ball. Berg was a journeyman catcher who was hastily added to the roster shortly before the tour began. However, it was not Connie Mack who recruited Berg for the trip, but rather Uncle Sam. Unbeknownst to all at the time, Berg was working as a spy for the U.S. government and was sent on the trip to obtain reconnaissance photos and film of Tokyo that were later helpful during World War II, especially during the Doolittle Raid. The ball has been coated with a protective layer of clear shellac, with all of the manufacturer's stampings bold and legible. Full LOAs from Beckett Authentication Services and JSA included.
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1934 Tour of Japan Multi-Signed OAL Baseball with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx (18) (JSA) (BAS)

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Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $8,566.80
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Friday, April 26, 2019.
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