A stacked lineup and a deep pitching staff still weren't enough for the 1934 Chicago Cubs to catch the renowned St. Louis Cardinals "Gashouse Gang". Even though the Cubbies finished third that year, their star-studded roster makes the offered team-signed baseball a great treasure. Decorated with (23) 1934 Cubs autographs, this period signed Wilson Official League model W150C ball remains attractive, despite several scattered surface gouges. This condition has minor impact on a few of the autographs, but generally the signatures are distinct examples ranging ("5" to "7") in strength. A light coating of shellac is evident, and the factory labeling stamps are easily read by the naked eye. Auction LOA from JSA.
Featured signers are:
Sweet spot: E. ("Woody") English, "Babe" Herman, Stan Hack (d.1979), Mike Kelly (coach, d.1968);
North panel: Pat Malone (clubhouse), Billy Herman (clubhouse), "Kiki" Cuyler (HOF, d.1950), Chuck Klein (HOF, d.1958), Charlie Grimm (manager), Charlie Root (d.1970);
South panel: Benny Tate (clubhouse), "Bud" Tinning (d.1961), "Gabby" Hartnett (clubhouse, not noted on LOA), "Babe" Phelps;
East panel: "Tuck" Stainback, Stan Hack (d.1979), Augie Galan, Guy Bush (clubhouse), Jim Weaver;
West panel: Bill Lee (d.1977), Don Hurst (d.1952), Bill Jurges;
Reverse sweet spot: "Lefty" Joiner.