Friday, December 12, 2014

Hall of Fame Signed Baseball - Joe Gordon

It has been a while since I last posted.  I just got back from a conference in Las Vegas, coupled with my wife having surgery.  I figured I wouldtake a break from blogging, since it would be tough to write posts about cards from the hotel.

While I was gone, I got in two signed baseballs that I needed, and I'll show the first one off today.

This is a ball signed for a reunion of the 1948 Indians in the 1970s.  I try to stay away from team balls when I can, but sometimes, I need them to get guys who I normally wouldn't be able to afford on single balls.  The player in question this time is Joe Gordon.

Gordon (b. 1915 - d. 1978) played in the majors from 1938 to 1943 and 1946 to 1950 for the Yankees and Indians.  In a brief 11-year career that was interrupted by World War II, Gordon amassed 1,530 hits, 253 home runs and a .268 batting average.  He was the 1942 AL MVP.  Gordon won the World Series in 1938, 1939, 1941 and 1943 with the Yankees and again in 1948 with the Indians.

Gordon was elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously in 2009.

Gordon is my 106th baseball signed by a Hall of Famer.  I'll do another post soon on the rest of the signatures that are on this ball and where I got it.  Until then, I'm glad to be back!

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