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The batting helmet worn by roger maris during the 1961 home run chase

For years, Babe Ruth's 1927 record of 60 home runs withstood the challenge of many a mighty slugger. Hack Wilson, Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Johnny Mize, Ralph Kiner, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle each finished seasons within ten or fewer home runs of breaking Ruth's record. None of them could equal the Babe's mark. In 1961, however, things would change. As had occurred back in 1927, two Yankees pushed each other in the home run race. The 1961 version of Ruth and Gehrig was the duo of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, a pairing that had already won three of the last five American League MVP awards. Injuries to Mantle curtailed his pursuit of the record, but Maris tied the Babe's record by hitting his 60th homer of the season on September 26, and had four games left in which to best Ruth's mark. However, it was not until October 1st, the final game of the season, that Roger would hit the record-breaking home run, pulling a 2-0 fastball from Boston's Tracy Stallard into the right field stands and thus pushing the single-season home run record to 61. But the race was not without controversy, and what should have been a glorious pursuit, was one often earmarked by strife and bitterness. The divergence in character and personality of the two Yankees played a part in the controversy. Ruth loved the crowd, he loved to live it up -- on and off the field. Maris was a quiet man who was willing to be a team player to move baserunners into scoring position. Breaking Ruth's record was not an easy task for a normal man. For Maris, the chase for Ruth's record was almost unbearable. Maris started to lose his hair as the chase wore on. He was fond of quiet moments and he liked to show little emotion. His integrity and his willingness to fight for what he thought was right irritated reporters. The fans never seemed to catch on to the type of person that Maris was. For Maris, the day he hit the 61st home run of the season must have been the beginning of some of the emptiest days of his life. Some claimed that his achievement was tainted because Maris had played in 161 games in the 1961 season. Ruth had only played in 151 games. Commissioner Ford Frick made the ruling that an asterisk would be attached to Maris' record. The asterisk was eventually removed from Maris' accomplishment. The 61 home runs were only a part of Maris' incredible season in 1961. Maris led the American League with 142 runs batted in and 132 runs scored. He won his second consecutive American League MVP honor and he helped the Yankees capture a championship with a World Series win over the Reds. Many years after his death, Maris finally did get much of the recognition he had sought in life. As Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa battled for the home run record in 1998, Maris' accomplishment received renewed coverage and attention. On the day that McGwire hit his 62nd home run, he stopped in the midst of his celebration to acknowledge the Maris family sitting near home plate at Busch Stadium. "Buddy" In his life and Major League Baseball career, little known player and manager Buddy Hassett enjoyed a front row seat in watching the Yankee dynasty build over several eras, from Ruth and Gehrig, to DiMaggio to Mantle and Maris. This culminated in the 1961 season, where Hassett, as a coach, was a close friend and eye witness to Maris as he chased and ultimately broke Babe Ruth's "untouchable" single season home run record. Hassett befriended the quiet, sensitive Maris, during what was a trying season for Roger, forging a close friendship. At the end of that magical and stressful 1961 season, Roger gave Buddy this batting helmet, which he had used throughout that historic campaign. Prior to his death in 1997, Buddy Hassett decided to pass on this historic artifact to Kevin Lester, the young son of his personal friend. Lester, the helmets new keeper, would later go on to experience success as an actor in Hollywood. Ironically, his most notable work, would come as a teammate of Robert Redford's in the acclaimed baseball film "The Natural". The Helmet An integral "tool of the trade" from the front lines of Maris epic quest, this helmet was manufactured by ABC. The manufacturers sticker on the interior shows it to be a size 7 1/2. Also on the interior is a piece of white tape with Maris' name and number "9" written in black marker. The padding is well worn. The outer surface of the helmet also shows tremendous wear including a repaired 4 inch crack on top. The "NY" logo in white felt is affixed to the front. Numerous photos of Maris exist from 1961, showing him wearing what could likely be this very helmet, based on closely matching scuff marking. Articles of provenance include; A signed letter of provenance from Buddy Hassett as well as a signed baseball card to Kevin Lester. A letter of provenance from Kevin Lester and articles pertaining to his appearance in The Natural. Copies of newspaper articles pertaining to Hassett and Lester. LOA from MEARS.

  • USAUSA
  • 2006-06-24
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HERGÉ Georges Remi dit (1907-1983) LE LOTUS BLEU Encre de Chine pour

HERGÉ Georges Remi dit (1907-1983) LE LOTUS BLEU Encre de Chine pour le projet de couverture de l'édition française du Journal Tintin n°161 daté de 1978. Cette couverture annonçant la republication de la version originale du Lotus Bleu, mise en couleurs par les Studios Hergé, à l'initiative de Christian Goux. Projet très proche de la couverture publiée. Tous les personnages majeurs de cette aventure y sont représentés. A noter qu'un premier projet légèrement différent est publié page 193 de l'ouvrage de Philippe Goddin ' Hergé et Tintin Reporters ' paru en 1986 aux éditions du Lombard. 25,5 x 19,5 cm. Encadré. Est joint une lettre à l'en-tête des Studios Hergé, rédigée par Alain Baran, secrétaire particulier d'Hergé, adressée à la rédaction du Journal Tintin à Bruxelles et datée du 24 août 1978. Cette lettre fait état de l'envoi de ce dessin au siège du Journal Tintin à Bruxelles. Que veut dire ce texte en idéogrammes chinois ? Gageons : « Le Lotus Bleu ». Hergé lui a donné une importance égale, si pas supérieure, au déroulé de ses personnages, car il accordait une grande importance au pinceau chinois. Il est vrai que c'est Tchang qui lui a permis d'étoffer son art. Tout le monde est présent : depuis Rastapopulos (qui cependant ne se montre pas dans le Lotus Bleu) jusqu'à la maman pleurante de Tchang (lequel est inséparable de Tintin). Dessin très enlevé, entre la mise au net et le crayonné. Hergé y a réussi un exercice de style prodigieux, montrant à quel point son registre de dessinateur est étendu. Pierre Sterckx Indian ink for the cover project of the French edition of the Journal Tintin, no. 161, dated 1978. This cover is announcing the reissue of the original version of the Lotus Bleu, colour execution by the Hergé workshop, iniciated by Christian Goux. This project is very close to the published cover. All main caracteers of this adventure are represented. A first, slighly different project has been published on page 193 in " Hergé et Tintin Reporters " by Philippe Goddin at éditions du Lombard in 1986. 25,5 x 19,5 cm. Framed. Enclose a letter on head paper of the Hergé workshop by Alain Baran, personal assistant of Hergé, send to the editorial of the Journal Tintin in Bruxelles, dated August 24th, 1978. This letter refers to the sending of this drawing to the headquater of the Journal Tintin in Bruxelles. Estimation 20 000 - 25 000 € Sold for 40,037 €

  • FRAFrance
  • 2010-06-05
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Jean-pierre gibrat

JEAN-PIERRE GIBRAT PARIS SOUS LA NEIGE Illustration originale, 2015. Signée. Encre de Chine, encres acryliques de couleur, aquarelle, rehauts de gouache sur papier aquarelle. 76 × 47,2 cm (29,92 × 18,58 in.) Le Canal Saint-Martin est connu pour son Hôtel du Nord immortalisé par Marcel Carné en 1938 et dont les répliques sont devenues cultes, notamment celle qu’Arletty décoche de sa gouaille typiquement parisienne : « Atmosphère ? Atmosphère ? Est-ce que j’ai une gueule d’atmosphère… » Gibrat, qui connaît ses classiques, représente ici la fameuse écluse du canal enjambée par la passerelle d’acier. Il nous plonge dans une ambiance hivernale, tendre et apaisée, instant de grâce volé à l’Occupation. « Tous les dessins ont leurs coulisses, leur petite histoire, quoi. Suivez-moi, je vais vous en chuchoter une. Je l’avais presque terminé. Avec un début de fierté, je le montre à une amie, dont l’anonymat sera préservé car nous sommes dans l’hiver 1943. Elle le regarde longuement, avec le sérieux des gens mandatés d’opinion. Puis elle me dit ceci : “Est-ce bien normal que Jeanne se promène en petites chaussures d’été sous la neige ? Prendrais-tu plaisir à ajouter un peu de souffrance à la rigueur de l’époque ?” Dans une impardonnable distraction, j’avais chaussé cette pauvre Jeanne de sandalettes ajourées, parfaites pour une chasse aux papillons dans le Luberon autour du 15 août, mais plus contestables pour battre le pavé gelé du canal Saint-Martin. Le changement de souliers s’imposait, il fut fait sans délai et sans tickets de rationnement. » J-P G.

  • FRAFrance
  • 2016-11-19
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1948 ted williams boston red sox home uniform

In a playing career that spanned four decades with the Red Sox and was interrupted by two military tours of duty that cost him nearly five full seasons, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound "Splendid Splinter" hit .344 with 521 home runs, 1,839 RBI, 2,019 walks, a slugging percentage of .634 that remains second to only Babe Ruth's .690, and an on-base percentage of .483 that is second to no one. Williams dominated the 1940’s, closing out the decade with his finest year at the plate in 1949, winning the MVP vote going away. That winter he replaced DiMaggio as the major league's highest-paid player, signing a 1950 contract worth $125,000, which topped the record-breaking $100,000 Joe D earned in 1949. This uniform dates from the 1948 season, when Williams was at the peak of his powers. That season saw him capture his fourth batting title in seven seasons with a .369 average. He was also first in slugging at .615 and first in on base percetage at .497 and he was at or near the top of the circuit in every other major offensive category. This Williams game worn Red Sox home jersey and pants dates from that season. Everything about the pair is original but for the team name having been restored on the jersey front. The Williams original number 9 appears on the back and his name “Williams” remains stitched in the collar. Also undisturbed in the collar is the Wilson and McAuliffe manufacturers tags and adjacent size “44” tag. The shortened sleeves, a Williams trademark, are just as they were when the jersey was customized for Teddy Ballgame. The overall condition of the jersey shows spectacular game use. The thick creamy-white flannel has a soft feel and shows proper wear, yet has no significant structural flaws. The pants, with original tagging to match the jersey, have several large team repairs, three large tears that are unrepaired, and some soiling. Together, the uniform displays gloriously, evoking visions of the “Splendid Splinter” performing at peak form within the confines of Fenway Park. LOA from MEARS (Grade A6).

  • USAUSA
  • 2005-12-10
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