Signed by Athletics installments over a nine-year span in which the team played in two cities under six different managers, these (3) baseballs hail from a transitional period in the storied franchise’s history. Signatures average (“7”) quality and include: 1954 creamy OAL Harridge orb (grade “8”) signed by (28) with Finigan, Power and Shantz; 1958 creamy OAL Harridge orb (grade “8”) signed by (27) with Craft, Maas and Trucks; 1962 mildly toned OAL Cronin orb (grade “7”) signed by (26) with Bauer, Cimoli and Feller. Individual full photo LOAs from JSA. More on our website.
1954 Philadelphia Athletics
Sweet Spot Hemsley (coach) and Joost (manager); North Panel Kellner, Monahan, Stempel, Fricano, Valo and Suder; South Panel DeMaestri, Murray, Moses (coach), Zernial, Scheib, Limmer and Rozek; West Panel McGhee, Bo. Shantz, Van Brabant, Bishop and Finigan; East Panel Bollweg, Martin, Astroth, Bi. Shantz, Upton, Jacobs, Power and Renna.
1958 Kansas City Athletics
Sweet Spot Trucks and Craft (manager); North Panel Hadley, Herbert, Smith, Cerv and Power; South Panel Heffner (coach), Swift (coach), Burnette, Tsitouris, Martyn, Graff, Urban and Garver; West Panel Dickson, Chiti, Baxes, Kellner, Chandler (coach), Tuttle and Gorman; East Panel Hunter, DeMaestri, Duser, Lopez and Maas.
1962 Kansas City Athletics
Sweet Spot Piersall, Bauer (manager) and Feller; North Panel Causey, Wickersham, Bryan, Bass, Fischer and Archer; South Panel Posada, Charles, Lumpe, Siebern, Ditmar and Niarhos (coach); West Panel Lodigiani (coach), Sullivan, Lopat (coach), Grim and White (coach); East Panel Kunkel, Wyatt, unidentified, Jimenez, Howser and Cimoli.
Note: the signatures of Feller and Piersall lead us to believe that this ball was likely signed during a spring training game.