Long-suffering Brooklynites finally got their due when the Dodgers put paid to their perennial "wait til next year" claim, by winning the World Series in 1955. This was no mean feat, as their opponent in the Fall Classic was a practically unbeatable New York Yankees team led by the mighty Mickey Mantle. In their own right, the "Boys of Summer" blossomed from "Dem Bums" into champions on the strength of an incredible roster of star players, most of whom have signed this 1955 Dodgers team ball (with full photo LOA from JSA). This evenly toned ONL/Giles ball (EX) boasts (24) period signed autographs, including the starting nine with HOFers Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider; the fairly tough Gil Hodges; manager Walt Alston (HOF); Sandy Koufax (HOF) in his rookie year; and many other blue-blooded heroes.
Featured signers are:
Sweet Spot: Walt Alston ("6")
North Panel: Jim Gilliam ("5"), Sandy Amoros ("4-5"), Clem Labine ("4"), Johnny Podres ("8-9"), (1) undetermined due to fading, Dixie Howell ("4"), Don Newcombe ("8-9")
South Panel (average "6-7"): Jackie Robinson, Carl Erskine, Ed Roebuck, Johnny Podres, Rube Walker, Pee Wee Reese
East Panel (average "7"): Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, Frank Kellert, Carl Furillo, Don Bessent, Duke Snider
West Panel (average "6-7"): Karl Spooner, George Shuba, Roger Craig, Sandy Koufax