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KeyMan Collectors Corner
The Latest Collecting News * Announcements * Articles Of Interest

September 10, 2009

Holy Baseball MemorabiliaYankees Stadium plaque dedicated to Pope Paul VI

 Trivia question: Who are the two former Cardinals that have dedication plaques at Yankee Stadium?

 Answer: Pope John Paul VI, and Pope John Paul II.


 During the pontificate of John Paul II, each year for the Feast of the Little Christmas, La Befana, for Italians, the Vatican policeman would have a lottery for prizes which were taken from gifts given to the Pope on various journeys. One particular Vatican policeman, happened to win 5 baseballs, of which were given to Pope Paul VI on his journey to New York, October, 1965 to visit the UN. 

 Three of these baseballs were signed by Joe DiMaggio, NL President Warren Giles, and baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn. The baseballs were presented to Pope Paul VI when he held mass celebrated at Yankees Stadium on October 4, 1965. Later a plaque was dedicated to the Pope in centerfield in Yankee Stadium to mark this historic event. 

The three Papal Baseballs each carry a dedication to the Pope. The personal inscription written by Joe DiMaggio reads: To- His Holiness Pope Paul VI With Best Wishes from -Joe DiMaggio

To Pope Paul VI With Best Wishes from Joe DiMaggio

Baseball given to Pope Paul VI from the commissioner of baseball Bowie Kuhn

The personal inscription written by commissioner Bowie Kuhn reads: To His Holiness Pope Paul VI With The Very Best Wishes of commissioner baseball Bowie K Kuhn commissioner
The personal inscription written by NL President Warren Giles reads: To His Holiness Pope Paul VI With Best Wishes from the National League Warren Giles Pres. To Pope Paul VI With Best Wishes from the National League President  Warren Giles

Photos of the presentation to the Pope accompany the baseballs that are being put up for sale. 

For information on the sale of these baseballs contact Steve@keymancollectibles.com

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