Monday, December 25, 2017

Hall of Fame Signed Baseball - Burleigh Grimes

Merry Christmas to everyone who reads this blog.  I wanted to kick off the Christmas gift posts with a huge present from my mom.  Mom knocked it out of the park this year with a Hall of Fame signed baseball that I needed for my collection.  This is my 135th Hall of Famer on a baseball, Burleigh Grimes.  I had looked up Grimes a few times, but he was well out of my price range.

Mom really surprised me with this one.  Grimes was way off of my radar at the time, but I am really happy to add it to my collection.

Grimes (b. 1893 - d. 1985) played in the majors from 1916 to 1934 for the Pirates, Dodgers, Giants, Braves (Boston), Cardinals, Cubs and Yankees.  He had a career record of 270-212 with 1,512 strike outs and an ERA of 3.53.  He finished 3rd in the NL MVP Award voting in 1928 when he went 25-14 with a 2.99 ERA.  He won the World Series with the Cardinals in 1931.  Grimes was a 20-game winner 5 times (1920, 1921, 1923, 1924 and 1928).

Grimes was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1964.  He becomes my 135th Hall of Famer, and I am really happy to be able to have this gift from my mom be the first blog post from this Christmas.

Thank you so much for the ball, Mom!  I love you.
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