Kevin Keating is PSA’s principal autograph authenticator. He evaluates and inspects thousands of autographs every year on behalf of PSA and routinely offers his services on the road. Recently, Keating was invited to appear on an episode of “American Pickers” to evaluate and authenticate a team-signed baseball from the 1929 New York Yankees. While the baseball passed inspection, it was only partially signed by 16 members of the ’29 Yankees squad but it did boast key signatures including those of Hall of Fame players Babe Ruth (on the sweet spot), Tony Lazzeri, Waite Hoyt and Earl Combs, along with Hall of Fame Manager Miller Huggins.
Ruth, baseball’s original home run king, batted .345 that season as he launched 46 home runs and drove in 154 runs. Lazzeri, the team’s second sacker, led the club in batting average that year (.354), while Hoyt, a right-handed pitcher, recorded 10 victories on the hill to go with 57 strikeouts. Combs, meanwhile, batted an impressive .345 while patrolling left field. Huggins, the Yankees longtime manager (1918 to 1929), actually passed away toward the end of the season (Sept. 25, 1929) from a rare blood ailment called Pyaemia. He was just 51 years old. During his tenure with the team, Huggins led the Bronx Bombers to three World Series titles (1923, ’27 and ’28) and 1,067 victories. The 1929 Yankees compiled an overall record of 88-66 to finish second in the American League standings.
Here is a link to Keating’s episode, which was shot in Nashville, Tennessee and aired last night on HISTORY: https://www.history.com/shows/american-pickers/season-19/episode-23