As the Yankees endured a rare lull in franchise fortunes, a new cast was assembled, piece-by-piece, until the Bronx suits saw fit to name backstop Thurman Munson the team’s first captain since Lou Gehrig held the post. Munson’s appointment proved most appropriate as he powered the Yanks to their first pennant in 12 years, garnering 1976 American League MVP laurels along the way. This OAL MacPhail baseball is autographed by the no-nonsense Yankee. The mildly toned orb (grade “7”) hails specifically from the 1976 campaign and is signed on a side panel by a pinstriped hero who was tragically felled in 1979. Executed in blue ballpoint with a “Best Regards” salutation, Munson’s signature projects (“5-6”) potency. Full photo LOA from JSA. This item has a reserve (estimated value: $1000-$2000).
Note: a specific personalization has been removed from just above Munson's "Best Regards" inscription.