Predicting Yankees catcher Thurman Munson’s 1970 AL “Rookie of the Year” award was so easy even the team’s ball boy made the call. Presented are a Munson signed ball & note supporting this scenario. The darkened OAL ball addressed to a former ball boy presents in apparent game-used condition and bears the inscription & signature “To Mark Best Wishes Thurman Munson”. The faded and abraded signature registers a legible (“3-4”) quality. The note, which touts Munson’s “ROY” candidacy, features a beautifully flowing (“8”) endorsement. Full photo LOAs from JSA. More on our website.
The note is written in an unknown hand on a sturdy cream colored 3x5 index card and features Munson’s certified signature on the lower right corner. It reads as follows, “This ball was taken off the bat of Thurman Munson, the American League’s answer to Johnnie Bench and leading candidate for “Rookie of the Year” honors for 1970.”
The baseball is an OAL/Cronin type which was used from 1959-1970. It features tight red stitching and has a solid feel though the league president facsimile signature is 75% worn away and there are multiple abrasions.