School gets 1927 Philadelphia A's baseball

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">Robert Shawkey, left, manager of the New York Yankees and Connie Mack, manager of the Philadelphia Athletics, shake hands before their teams start the season opener at Shibe Park in Philadelphia, Pa., April 15, 1930. &#40;AP Photo&#41;</span></div>
June 3, 2008 8:04:02 AM PDT
North Wildwood's Margaret Mace Elementary School is now home to a baseball signed by 23 players and managers of the 1927 Philadelphia Athletics.

The faded black ink signatures include Hall of Famers Connie Mack, Ty Cobb, Lefty Grove, Jimmy Dykes, Al Simmons, Jimmy Foxx and Mickey Cochrane.

The ball was initially given to school Superintendent Joseph Chester by then-Mayor George Redding, who had attended a game.

It passed to his widow and then to the United Methodist Homes of New Jersey Foundation when she died. The foundation decided the ball should stay in North Wildwood.

The ball will be kept in a display that will include a brick from the former Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium.

Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com


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