Following their 1950 World Series appearance, the Philadelphia “Whiz Kids” suffered a letdown in 1951 finishing a distant fifth to the Giants. The Phillies youth movement showed resiliency however, with many players going on to excellent careers. (29) Members of the ‘51 squad have graced this period signed ONL/Frick ball (EX-MT+) with their signatures (average “4-6”) with (3) lesser. Key signers are: R. Ashburn, J. Konstanty, W. Jones, R. Roberts, E. Waitkus. Auction LOA from JSA. Complete list on our website.
While this ball remains appealing, the signatures are affected by fading, however they remain generally distinguishable. The complete list of signers is as follows:
Sweet Spot: Eddie Sawyer
North Panel: Dick Sisler, Del Wilber, Frank Weichec (trainer), Jim Konstanty (d.1976), Eddie Pellagrini, Rich Ashburn (HOF), Del Ennis
South Panel: Bill Nicholson, Benny Benough (d.1968, coach), Robin Roberts (HOF), Andy Hansen, “Bubba” Church, Niles Jordan, Stan Hollmig (d.1981), Willie Jones (d.1983)
East Panel: undetermined, Ken Silvestri, Andy Seminick, Tommy Brown, “Cy” Perkins (d.1963, coach), “Putsy” Caballero
West Panel: Mel Clark, Dick Young, Karl Drews (d.1963), “Dusty” Cooke (d.1987, coach), Eddie Waitkus (d.1972), Lou Possehl, Jocko Thompson (d.1988)