Definitive in his stances on country, politics, economics and culture, Henry Ford was arguably the most successful and influential figure in the landscape and progress of America. Symbolic of two long-standing American traditions, this baseball is autographed by the Michigan-born icon.
His simple (and genius) combination of producing affordable goods while providing high wages altered the course of American history for consumers and workers, alike. A pioneer for the assembly line and profit sharing, Ford introduced the five-day work week and spiked the minimum workday wage from $2.34 to $5.00. An inspiration for Germany’s Volkswagen, Ford was justifiably outspoken on the effectiveness of his seemingly radical policies regarding work and wages. He also hired blacks, women and disabled persons – at a time during which no other companies would – at the same wages. Holding dear to all things Americana, Ford also gave his views on baseball, citing problems of the American institution in The Dearborn Independent, a weekly publication sponsored by Ford.
Embracing all that Ford opined and embraced, we behold this single-signed keepsake – with high probability, the lone example extant. The medium is a clean and creamy unofficial orb with a vintage “Wilson” trademark stamping and alternating red-and-black laces. In its occupancy of the sweet spot, Ford’s black-ink steel tip fountain pen scripting projects (“8-9”) strength and clarity, with very minor ink migration preventing elite status and absolute perfection. Like the contributions and ideals of its author, this autograph is truly one of a kind. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from JSA.