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1950 Spalding ONL
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Official American League Baseball Dating Guide 
OFFICIAL AMERICAN LEAGUE BASEBALL
DATING GUIDE INDEX
  Official National League Baseballs are specifically dated within the era of the league president. Variations with baseball specifications, trademarks, and logo designs can narrow down the year(s) and are approximately dated in chronological order.
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SAMPLE DETAILED DESCRIPTION & PICTURES NOTES
 
 
 
  Official American League Ban Johnson baseball 1901 - 1927  
 
Pre-1909 Reach Official American League Baseball 1901-1909 Reach Official
American League Baseball
The absence of a patent stamp on the sweetspot helps date these balls prior to 1910. The word "Rubber" is stamped at the bottom with the ball specs. predating the cork center balls of 1911.
 
 
 
 
1910 - 1912 Reach OAL Baseball 1910-1912 Reach Ban Johnson
Official American League Baseball
"Pat'D Aug. 31-09" Paten Stamp is added below "American League" on the sweetspot. "Cork Center" replaces "Rubber" on the south panel.
 
 
 
 
1909-1912 Reach Official American League Baseball 1913-1917 Reach Ban Johnson
Official American League Baseball
The south specs panel now reads "9 in 5 oz." as opposed to "5 oz. 9 in." as it appeared the years before.
 
 
 
 
1918 - 1924 OAL Baseball 1918-1924 Reach Ban Johnson
Official American League Baseball
The word Official is smaller and compact with the "O" centered over the "c" in "American"
 
 
 
 
1912-1924 Reach Official American League Baseball 1925 Reach Ban Johnson
Official American League Baseball
The Signature of Quality" is added to the Reach Trade Mark Logo
 
 
 
 
1925-1927 Reach Official American League Baseball 1926-1927 Reach Ban Johnson
Official American League Baseball
The Patent date is changed to "PAT'D. MAR. 17-25" "The Cushioned Cork Center" replaces "The Cork Center" on south panel in 1927
 
 
 
  Official American League Ernest Barnard baseball 1928 - 1931  
 
1928-1929 Reach Ernest Barnard Official American League Baseball 1928 Reach Ernest Barnard Official American League Baseball  Ernest Barnard stamp "E.S. Barnard President American League" replaces Ban Johnson alternative patent number "PAT'D No. 1, 530, 410"
 
 
 
 
1929-1931 Reach Official American League Baseball 1929-1931 Reach Ernest Barnard Official American League Baseball Patent number replaced with "PAT'D RE. 17200"
 
 
 
  Official American League William Harridge Baseball 1932 - 1959  
 
1931-1934 Reach Official American League Baseball 1932-1933 Reach William Harridge Official American League Baseball William Harridge stamp replaces E.S. Barnard.
 
 
 
 
1934- 1939 Reach Official American League Baseball 1934-1939 Reach William Harridge Official American League Baseball President stamp "William Harridge Pres." moved to center panel. "PAT'D RE. 17200" moved below Reach Trade Mark logo. Red stitching replaces red & blue.
 
 
 
 
1940- 1944 Reach Official American League Baseball 1940-1942 Reach William Harridge Official American League Baseball "A Star is added to each side of
* Official *
 
 
 
 
1943 -1945 1943-1947 Reach William Harridge Official American League Baseball A Third Star is added below the William Harridge signature.
 
 
 
 
1945- 1959 Reach Official American League Baseball 1948-1950 Reach William Harridge
Official American League Baseball
The paten stamp "PAT'D RE. 17200" is removed from Trade Mark
 
 
 
 
1951 - 1959 Reach OAL Baseball 1951-1959 Reach William Harridge
Official American League Baseball
The space between "Cushion Cork Center" and the Reach logo is closed.
 
 
 
  Official American League Joe Cronin Baseball 1960 - 1973  
 
1960- 1969 Reach Official American League Baseball 1960-1969 Reach Joe Cronin
Official American League Baseball
"Joseph E. Cronin Pres" stamp replaces William Harridge. Third star below pres. name removed.
 
 
 
 
1970- 1973 Reach Official American League Baseball 1970-1973 Reach Joe Cronin
Official American League Baseball
"The Signature of Quality" and "Reg U.S. Pat. Off" is removed from the Reach Trade Mark Logo. "Made in U.S.A By Spalding" added (some balls are sewn or made in Haiti)
 
 
 
  Official American League Lee MacPhiil Baseball 1974 - 1984  
 
1974- 1976 Reach Official American League Baseball 1974-1975 Reach Lee MacPhail Official American League Baseball  "Lee MacPhail Pres." stamp replaces Joe Cronin.
 
 
 
 
1975- 1976 Spalding Lee MacPhiil Official American League Baseball 1976 Spalding Lee MacPhail Official  American League Baseball Spalding replaces the Reach Logo
 
 
 
 
1977- 1984 Reach Official American League Baseball 1977-1984 Rawlings Lee MacPhail Official American League Baseball  The Spalding/Reach Logo is replaced by the "Rawlings" Logo and appears on north panel. Dots on the north panel below Rawlings can date the ball to a specific year.
 
 
 
  Official American League Bobby Brown Baseball 1985 - 1994  
 
1984- 1994 Reach Official American League Baseball 1985-1994 Rawlings Bobby Brown Official American League Baseball Ball made in Haiti 1985-1989
Ball made in Costa Rica 1990-1992
 
 
 
  Official American League Gene Budig Baseball 1995 - 1999  
 
1994- 1999 Reach Official American League Baseball 1995-1999 Rawlings Gene Budig Official American League Baseball Last American League Baseball, Starting in 2000 MLB Rawlings baseballs are used for both leagues.
 
 
 
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