Born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini in Italy in 1897, Paul VI reigned as pope from 1963 until his death in 1978. Offered here is a truly rare artifact indeed and most likely the only one of its kind. The offered Official American League Joe Cronin ball comes to us from the same consignor who brought us the Pope Benedict ball which was sold early last year. This stunning example features a stunning black ink signature which reads âeoePaulus P P. VI.âe Please note that this ball will be sold as is and without a PSA Letter of Authenticity due to the fact that they will not authenticate these Papal signed baseballs. However given the source and review of other known authentic signatures, we feel strongly in its authenticity and will let you the bidder decide if it is worthy of your collection.