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Burleigh Single-Signed ONL Giles Ball - Signed as Orioles Scout in 1968 - PSA/DNA

Lot Number 1457

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The last man legally allowed to throw the spitball, Burleigh Grimes made the most of his grandfathered pitch, winning 270 games and performing in four separate World Series for three different franchises. Having pitched professionally until the ripe old age of 42, Grimes used his knowledge to the fullest, mentoring individuals and teams in managerial and scouting roles for decades after his playing days. At the helm of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938, Grimes was asked by club owner Larry MacPhail for the go-ahead to put Babe Ruth (a Dodgers coach at the time) on the active roster. Grimes flatly squashed the notion. “He’s 43 and he can’t see,” said Grimes of Ruth. “If he can hit, I can still pitch.” Three decades later, Grimes autographed this baseball as a scout for the Baltimore Orioles. In that capacity, Grimes discovered Jim Palmer and Dave McNally as that franchise supplanted the Yankees as the game’s most dominant for better than a quarter-century. This ONL Giles sphere is a clean and creamy example (grade “8”) whose trademark stampings date to 1952-1957. Grimes has signed “Burleigh A. Grimes” on the sweet spot in black ballpoint (“8” strength) and inscribed “Orioles 4-20-68.” On the north panel, Grimes has added a personalization. The keepsake comes with a basic cert/sticker from PSA/DNA.

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