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Lot 162



Lot Number: 162

Description: Historic "Last Out" baseball from Game #4 of the 1913 World Series. The ongoing rivalry between the AL Philadelphia Athletics and the NL New York Giants was showcased once again in the 1913 World Series. The Giants and A's had previously battled for the title in 1905 and 1911 with each team capturing one championship. The 1913 Series was anticipated to be one of the most hotly contested since the game's inception in 1903. Game #4 was played at Shibe Park in Philadelphia with the Athletics sending their ace Chief Bender to the mound. Bender threw a complete game to defeat the Giants by a score of 6-5 bringing the A's within one victory of what would be another World Championship. Offered is a toned and lightly soiled B.Johnson American League baseball which is inscribed as having been caught for the final out in Game #4 of the 1913 World Series. The ball is notated in period fountain pen in what is believed to be Bender's own hand, "Last ball of 4th game-1913 World Series Pct. 10th Athletics 6 Giants 5 Bender/Schang vs. Demaree/McLean Marquard/Wilson". The ball is also notated, "Final put out Foul caught by Schang Hit by Grant". The ball itself exhibits evident use incl. an area of impact on a side panel. It is amazing to ponder that this very baseball was in fact the final pitch thrown by Bender in what ended up being his fourth consecutive victory in World Series play. Especially historic baseball of great rarity. Includes LOA from James Spence Authentication and letter of provenance from the family: EX

Estimated Price: ($7,500.00-$10,000.00)

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