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1906 Morgan Bulkeley Handwritten Letter
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,044.00
One-page handwritten letter by Morgan Bulkeley (1837-1922), first president of the National League. The letter, dated April 20, 1906, is written on United States Senate letterhead and reads in full: "My Dear Sir, I cannot refuse to comply with your request in these days when the pen has so few uses to subscribe myself. Yours Truly, M. G. Bulkeley." Both the text and signature have been beautifully scripted in black fountain pen and grade "8/9" overall. Bulkeley, who was one of the principal investors in the Hartford Base Ball Club, was elected first president of the National League in 1876. He served in that capacity for only one year before stepping down to concentrate on his business holdings (his father founded the Aetna Insurance Company) and political career. He later served as Mayor of Hartford (1879-87), Governor of Connecticut (1889-93), and U.S. Senator (1905-11). As president of the National League, Bulkeley is credited with providing sound guidance to the newly organized association of teams, focusing on elevating the integrity of the game to ensure its success in the future. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937. The letter (6 x 7.25 inches) displays a single horizontal mailing fold and is in Excellent to Mint condition. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,044.00
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