'On Account of War'
Turned a shade of olive thanks to dirt and the long passage of time, the ball from nearly a century ago features red-and-blue stitching along with two historic inscriptions made in black calligraphy. One piece of rawhide reads, “Season ending on Labor Day on Account of War.” The other: “Last ball used in game at Navin Field. Hit by Jack Collins off Bobby Veach. Caught by Davy Jones.”
Matt Kelly is the communications specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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