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Hall of Fame Executive and Umpires Signed Letter Collection (6)

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $940.00

Collection of six letters/documents, each signed by a former Major League executive or umpire, five of whom are in the Hall of Fame: Connie Mack, Clark Griffith, Branch Rickey, Billy Evans, Will Harridge, and John T. Brush. All but the Rickey letter have some form of baseball content. Perhaps the most interesting document included here is a 1902 promissory note regarding the sale of the Cincinnati Reds signed by John T. Brush. Although Brush is not yet in the Hall of Fame, he was one of the most influential baseball executives of his era by virtue of having owned three National League clubs: Indianapolis (1887-89), Cincinnati (1891-1902), and New York (1903-12). 1) One-page typed letter, on official Philadelphia Athletics stationery, signed in black fountain pen (grading “10”) by Connie Mack. The letter, dated 5/31/38 and written to Mr. J. B. McNulty, President of the Northern Baseball League, concerns the scheduling of an exhibition game with Rutland. 8.5 x 11 inches. Normal mailing folds and light paper residue on the reverse from having once been mounted, otherwise Ex. 2) One-page typed letter, on official Washington Senators stationery, signed in blue ink (“7”) by Clark Griffith. In his letter, dated 10/25/49 and written to a Mr. M. C. Albey, Griffith thanks Albey for his most recent correspondence, which included newspaper clippings of old baseball games. 8.5 x 11 inches. Normal mailing folds with glue residue on the reverse (slightly visible on the front) from having once been mounted, otherwise Ex. 3) One-page typed letter addressed to Branch Rickey, upon which Rickey has scripted a handwritten reply and signed it in black fountain pen (grading “10”). In the original letter, dated 6/4/32 and written by a Shirley Daniels, she uses the name of a mutual friend, Herbert Parish, in her request for an autograph. Rickey has responded “I am glad to do any reasonable thing for Herbert Parish - + this is reasonable. Cordially yours – Branch Rickey.” 8.5 x 10 inches. Normal mailing folds as well as a few minor border tears and creases. Vg-Ex. 4) One-page typed letter, on official Southern Association of Baseball Clubs stationery, signed in black fountain pen (“9/10”) by Billy Evans in his capacity as President of the League. In his letter, dated 7/3/43, and written to Joe E. Engle, President of the Chattanooga Baseball Club, Evans describes the merits of a Southern Association prospectus that he is sending to all sixteen Major League clubs. 8.5 x 11 inches. This letter once resided in the famed Barry Halper Collection and was later sold in 1999 during the historic auction of his collection. Normal mailing folds. Ex. 5 ) One-page typed letter, on official American League stationery, signed in black fountain pen (“10”) by Will Harridge. In his letter, dated 3/7/44 and addressed to Jack Zeller, General Manager of the Detroit Tigers, Harridge writes that the team’s patriotic sleeve patches, which were worn by every team during World War II, were being sent that day to Briggs Stadium under separate cover. 8.5 x 11 inches. Normal mailing folds and a tiny tear in the lower right corner. Ex. Together with an 8 x 10-inch black-and-white photo of Harridge. 6 ) One-page promissory note regarding the sale of the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Club, issued to, and twice-signed in black fountain pen (“10”) by, John T. Brush, President of the Cincinnati Reds. The text of the document, dated 8/15/02, reads in part, “For value received the Cincinnati Base Ball Club, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Kentucky, and having its principle place of business at Cincinnati, Hamilton County, State of Ohio, promises to pay to J. T. Brush on order one day after date ten thousand dollars at the Lafayette Bank in the City of Cincinnati…” The document is signed along the base by Brush, in his capacity as President of the club, and by the team secretary, “N. Ashley Lloyd.” Brush has also signed the reverse, above which he has written “without recourse.” The Reds were purchased from Brush by a consortium of Cincinnati political bosses, who then appointed August Hermann as president of the club. Hermann later chaired the National Commission. 8.5 x 6.5 inches. The document bears the official Cincinnati Reds team seal and displays a single horizontal fold. Ex. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 6 letters/documents. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+ SOLD FOR $940.00

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