Sunday, December 15, 2013

Card Show Pickup - Bob Lemon Hall of Fame Signed Baseball

I had one of the most productive visits to a Raleigh Card show in recent memory when I met my good friend, Scott, on Saturday.  We met up at 9AM and went inside and went berserk on the tables until we couldn't take it anymore (and we got hungry).

I wasn't going to buy any baseballs, being this close to Christmas, but when I saw the above Bob Lemon that I needed and heard the price the lady was charging, I jumped all over it.  She wanted $60 but said she would do $50, plus is it JSA, so I took the deal.

Lemon is my 96th Hall of Famer.  The ball is a Bobby Brown OAL ball.

Bob Lemon (b. 1920 - d. 2000) played in the majors from 1946 to 1958, all for the Cleveland Indians.  He had a career record of 207-128 with 1,277 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.23.  He had 20 or more wins in 7 of his 13 seasons, not bad.  He was the league leader in wins 3 times (1950 - 23; 1954 - 23; 1955 - 18).  He won the World Series with the Indians in 1948 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1976 when he got 78.6% of the writers' vote.

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