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to infrequent over the last seven decades, Chicago Cubs October
encounters were once anticipated with reasonably high hopes.
Historically speaking, Joe DiMaggio's thirteen-season career saw annual
fortunes in sharp contrast to those of the Cubs. All told, the Yankee
Clipper played in more Fall Classics (10) in his short tenure than the
Cubs have taken part in for better than a century. The offered ball
captures the spirit of both tradition rich franchises. An absolute
treasure, this ONL (Frick) example was purportedly the very sphere that
DiMaggio launched for a home run in Game 2 of the 1938 World Series at
Chicago's Wrigley Field. With the Yankees clinging to a 3-2 advantage in
the top of the ninth inning and Tommy Henrich (single) on base,
DiMaggio turned on a Dizzy Dean offering and hit the presented orb into
the left field bleachers. The evenly toned ball shows slight abrasions
that are consistent with game use. The ONL stampings are correct for the
year—as well as for the event—as the host league provided balls for the
appropriate contests (long prior to the manufacture of Official World
Series balls). Following the curves of the laces, an aged inscription
reads: "Joe DiMaggio's home run. 2nd game. 1938 world series. Chicago. Cubs park."
Provenance accompanies in the form of a handwritten copy, notarized
letter. Dated February 1, 1996, the letter reads (in part) as follows: "To
whom it may concern: I David Stowell purchased this ball from the
Olson's and to best of my knowledge, it is the real thing. Reference to
this ball is on page 158 of Total Baseball second edition." An
additional LOA attesting to the ball's status as a DiMaggio World Series
home run ball is signed by the son of the fan who originally retrieved
Letter of Opinion from MEARS
The two letters of provenance, from previous owners, are
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