Belying a path that was flecked with futility, the Washington Senators enjoyed a franchise boon from 1930 through 1933, eclipsing the 90-win plateau in each of those four seasons. And while the 1933 club claimed the team’s last-ever pennant, the earlier installments were perhaps just as potent, only to be overshadowed by Connie Mack’s Athletics dynasty (1930, 1931) and by the last “Murderers Row” squad (1932). This ONL Barnard sphere is autographed by (18) members of the 1932 Senators and, for good measure, endorsed by Hall of Fame legend Babe Ruth, as well. The medium-toned orb is decorated with black-ink fountain pen scriptings that range between (“8”) and (“5-6”) in terms of potency.
Includes: Sweet Spot: Walter Johnson (manager, signature enhanced in an unknown hand) and John Kerr; North Panel: Joe Kuhel, Dave Harris, Sam West, Ossie Bluege, Moe Berg (“6” strength) and Roy Spencer; South Panel: Heinie Manush (“8” strength), Monte Weaver, Al Schacht (coach) and Firpo Marberry; West Panel: Carl Reynolds, Clark Griffith (owner, “6” strength) and Sam Rice (“6” strength with minor surface abrasions affecting the surname); East Panel: Babe Ruth (“7-8” strength), Joe Cronin (“5” strength) and Dick Coffman; Reverse Sweet Spot: General Crowder.
Atop the standings through mid-May after authoring a torrid 19-5 start, the ’32 Senators stayed in contention with two 9-game winning streaks and did not endure a losing head-to-head record against any of their opponents. This was the last team to collectively hit 100 triples in a single season. While the Ruth penning is, no doubt, the headliner, this remains a coveted and vintage D.C. diamond treasure. Full photo LOA from JSA. This item has a reserve (estimated value: $3500-$5000)