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1879 Harry Wright Autograph Letter
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,350.00
One-page handwritten letter (on a single fold-over sheet) by Hall of Fame manager and baseball pioneer Harry Wright, to Frederick E. Long, then treasurer of the Boston Base Ball Club (1871-1888) and later treasurer of the Boston Base Ball Players' League Club (1890). In his letter, dated Syracuse, July 29, 1879 and addressed to "Mr. Long," Wright provides details of his club's (Boston) current road trip including important financial information. In full: "My Dear Mr. Long. We start for Troy in a few minutes. Will drop you line stating that we shall stop at the Troy House, Troy. Today we had the large number of 182 persons to see the game, netting us $25.80 July 26 51.30 " 27 62.40 139.50 total We 'pulverized' them again today but not so badly as yesterday. They tumble to pieces very readily and when they get a lead can't keep it. Tomorrow we will learn what the Troy Citys are made of, and if it will only rain on Saturday we may win three games. Must close now. Yours Truly, Harry Wright." Both the text and signature have been penned in black ink, grading "8/9." Wright's assessment of the Syracuse club was most accurate, as the team finished in seventh place (out of eight teams). He would find the upcoming competition to be no better, for Troy once again was the doormat of the fledgling League, finishing in last place. The letter (10 x 8 inches, unfolded) is in extraordinary Excellent to Mint condition and is accompanied by its original mailing envelope addressed in Wright's hand. The envelope is fully postmarked with stamp and is also in Excellent to Mint condition. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $4,350.00
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