Purchased during the 1920s, this leather-bound autograph book was common for its era. Entitled “Schoolday Memories,” the booklet has introductory pages with spaces for listing details such as “Class of,” “Clubs,” “Class Officers” and “Favorite Teacher” (among other headings). But this particular “student” has his own agenda: that of Major League Baseball! The crisp pages are of various shades and showcase (86) graphite pencil autographs that average (“8’) strength and clarity. This diamond enthusiast made many “acquaintances” which, though not of the variety intended for this book, read like a “Who’s Who” of pre- and post-war baseball. Highlights include: Frenchy Bordagaray, Walter Brown, Dolph Camilli, Johnny Dickshot, Leo Durocher, Ernie Lombardi, Heinie Manush, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Mel Ott, Babe Ruth, Enos Slaughter, Arky Vaughan, Honus Wagner, Lloyd Waner and Lon Warneke. Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
Note: obviously entered well after the renderings of the vintage signatures, a blue ink Catfish Hunter autograph shows (“9-10”) strength.
Additional highlights among the vintage pencil signatures include: Dick Bartell, Russ Bauers, Ray Berres, Cy Blanton, Herb Bremer, Mace Brown, Bill Brubaker, Bill Cissell, Dick Coffman, Kurt Davis, Fred Fitzsimmons, Mike Gonzalez, Harry Gumbert, Don Gutteridge, Luke Hamlin, Bill Lohrman, Red Lucas, Gus Mancuso, Stu Martin, Cliff Melton, Ray Mueller, Lynn Myers, Don Padgett, Bill Posedel, Jimmy Ripple, Johnny Rizzo, Lee Rogers, Hal Schumacher, Bob Seeds, Merv Shea, Frank Snyder, Gus Suhr, Bill Swift, (2) Vito Tamulis, Al Todd, Hy Vandenberg, John Wittig and Pep Young.