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Vernon & JFK Made First Pitch a Habit

John F Kennedy signed baseball to Mickey Vernon From 1961-63 John F. Kennedy threw out the first pitch at Griffith Stadium. Now, a signed JFK ball from that final opening day is on the auction block. But why is the family selling?

Mickey Vernon is probably one of the most underrated baseball players of the post-War era.

He spent 20 years as a player, 13 of them with the Washington Senators, and won a pair of batting titles. By the early 1960s, he was managing in the same city where he spent most of his career.

Vernon died last year, leaving behinid a small mountain of baseball memorabilia collected through so many seasons.

Among his favorite momentos were his opening day connections to John F. Kennedy, who made a habit of throwing out the first pitch. Now, a signed Kennedy ball direct from Vernon’s estate, is going on the auction block.

Hunt Auctions will sell it, along with a number of other Vernon pieces, in an event this weekend.

The Washington Post caught up with Vernon’s daughter to learn more about the baseball, and to find out why the family is parting with some special pieces. You can read their story here and see the ball as part of a special segment on Washington’s Fox TV affiliate by clicking below:

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