1945 World Series Baseball Used To Record Final
Cubs shortstop Roy Hughes was the baserunner forced out in the Series' final play, and when the ball was dropped to the ground by the jubilant Tigers second baseman, Hughes was smart enough to pick it up and save it for posterity. The well-worn sphere spent about two decades in Hughes' possession before he donated it to The Cy Young Museum (later renamed The Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum) in the mid-1960's. In 2002, the contents of this museum were sold at auction, at which time Swirsky came into possession. Hughes has inscribed the side panel of the ONL (Frick) ball in 9+/10 black fountain pen ink, "Roy Hughes, Last ball of 1945 World Series." Letter of provenance from Mike Heffner (2002 auctioneer). Pre-certified by PSA/DNA (autograph). Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph).