Lot Details & Additional Photographs
24 pages, 9-3/4 x 5-3/4 in., the front cover signed in ink by Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Billy Martin, Don Larson, Robert Cerv, Tom Sturduvant, Andy Carey, Irv Noren, Bill Hunter, Tom Morgan, Bill Scrowron, Bob Turley, and an unidentified "Bob ____."
The original owner's 10th birthday present from his Dad was a surprise trip to a live New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox ballgame in May 1956. Referring to that memorable event, he recalls, "It was my first visit to Yankee stadium as a kid, one of only two or three. I’ll never forget my first view of the field walking into the stadium; it was one of my life’s greatest thrills. There was a game in which I loudly requested a home run from Mantle and he obliged; it may or may not have been the scorecard game; though Mantle did hit a 9th inning home run in the May 29th game....got the autographs via Tom Morgan, a member of team who rented a house in my hometown, Ho-ho-kus, NJ. After attending the game, I bicycled over to his house with the scorebook and asked if he could get the guys to sign it. Kindly, and graciously, he did."
From a private NC collection
Mickey Mantle's early, more natural "rookie" signature is present here.
Pierced for suspension in upper left corner; soiling to the cover; age toning; the signatures are generally bold, however the Scrowron and Turley signatures are partial; the program is intact and in overall good condition. This booklet was professionally treated and conserved in 2007. The conservator's report is included.