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BASEBALL CAUGHT FOR THE FINAL OUT OF THE 1909 WORLD SERIES

An Official American League (Johnson) baseball caught by Hall of Famer Fred Clarke for the final out of the seventh and deciding game of the 1909 World Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers. Played on Saturday, October 16th, 1909 at Detroit’s Bennett Field, the game featured future Hall of Famers Fred Clarke, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford. In the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs and the score 8-0 Pirates, Tigers first baseman Tom Jones hit a fly ball to left field, which was promptly caught by Pirates player/manager Fred Clarke for the final out, securing the Pittsburgh Pirates their first World Championship of the modern era. The baseball is inscribed Last Ball in Play in Last Deciding Game, Pittsburgh vs. Detroit, Score 8 = 0, World Championship, Oct-16-09, Fred Clarke in black ink. From the Collection of Fred Clarke.

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