Baseball, signed by the 1949 Detroit Tigers

Autographed baseball signed by the 1949 Detroit Tigers. That season the Tigers finished 87-67, 4th in the American League.
Autographs include Johnny Groth; Paul Campbell; Neil Berry; Johnny Lipon; George Kell; Vic Wertz; Johnny Groth; Hoot Evers; Aaron Robinson; Don Kolloway; Pat Mullin; Eddie Lake; Bob Swift; Hal Newhouser; Virgil Trucks; Art Houtteman; Ted Gray; Fred Hutchinson; Dizzy Trout; Red Rolfe.
Currently not on view
Object Name
baseball, autographed
autographed baseball
date made
associated institution
Detroit Tigers
Physical Description
rubber (overall material)
horsehide (overall material)
wool (overall material)
overall: 3 in; 7.62 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Natick
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Sports & Leisure
Autographed Baseballs
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Autographed Baseballs
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

9/27/2015 11:03:52 AM
William Hoh, MD MPH
I an amateur baseball historian, & I can state that with regards guards to the "Baseball, signed by the 1949 Detroit Tigers", that none of these players are of any real significance to a casual baseball fan. In other words, none of them are a household name. None of them are famous or well known, or would come to mind when asked about historical Detroit Tiger players. Which in my mind, makes it a rather unusual piece to have in such a storage collection. It just doesn't seem to be significant enough. In the baseball memorabilia world, I don't believe that it would bring much money at all.
10/13/2015 9:12:37 PM
Jane Rogers
Hi William -- Thank you so much for the comment regarding our 1949 Detroit Tigers baseball. This baseball was part of a large collection of baseball memorabilia that was collected by the museum in 1973. When collecting, the museum does not generally put a monetary or collector's value on objects and do not always look at objects as a "collector" would. I was not at the museum when this was acquired so cannot be sure why this particular ball was collected but this does stand out as this was the year that George Kell beat Ted Williams for the American League batting title. If you have any other questions please fell free to email me at Thanks again for the comment. jane rogers
10/15/2015 9:52:40 AM
William Hoh, MD MPH
I was unaware that George Kell beat Ted Williams for the American League batting title that year. That certainly makes this ball museum worthy. Thank you. I learned a long time ago, if you don't ask, you don't learn.
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