Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Some Significant Koufax Baseballs at Heritage Auctions

Heritage's current sports auction has some fantastic memorabilia available; including a collection of game-used Baseballs from several key Sandy Koufax milestone games.  These group of balls come directly from the estate of former UPI photographer Ernie Schworck.  Per a biography from Heritage:
With a camera around his neck and a spirit of adventure in his heart, renowned photographer Ernie Schworck spent three decades in the employment of United Press International (UPI), aiming his lens at the most famous figures of twentieth century sport and politics. The collection that follows focuses primarily on the former, Schworck's Los Angeles residency making him a familiar face at Dodger Stadium and Anaheim Stadium. He's best remembered for his creation of some of the most famous photographs of legendary southpaw Sandy Koufax ever captured, images that he populated with hand-notated game used balls that served as living captions for no-hitters, World Series victories and other historic achievements. Schworck wisely retained many of these baseballs for his personal collection, and they make their hobby debut in the lots that follow.
There are 5 different Baseball available.  Below are two of my favorite.

Below is a August 31, 1959 Baseball from the night Sandy struck out 18 Giants at Dodger Stadium.  I love the accompanying photo taken by Schworck of Koufax holding this very ball.
(Auction Link)
(Auction Link)

This next Baseball is from Koufax's 2nd career no-hitter on May 11, 1963 against the Giants. 
(Auction Link)
(Auction Link)

BTW, you can check out the other Koufax Baseballs through the list below:
  • 1963 World Series Game Four Used Baseball (Link)
  • 1963 Sandy Koufax Twentieth Win of Season Game Used Baseball (Link)
  • 1966 World Series Game Two Used Baseball--Sandy Koufax' Last Game (Link)

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