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Everett Scott and Cedric Durst Handwritten Letters Dating from the 1920s
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $705
Two exceedingly rare handwritten letters, by Everett Scott and Cecil Durst, respectively, each of whom was a member of the New York Yankees in the 1920s. Scott was baseball’s original “Iron Man,” playing in a record 1,307 consecutive games from June 20, 1916 to May 5, 1925. (That endurance record was later eclipsed by Lou Gehrig, and then again by Cal Ripken Jr. ) A slick-fielding shortstop and member of New York’s first World Championship club in 1923, Scott also led the league in fielding percentage at his position for a record eight straight years. Cedric Durst was a journeyman outfielder whose main claim to fame today is as a member of the 1927 New York Yankees, considered by many to be the greatest ball club ever assembled. 1) 1924 Everett Scott letter. Two-page handwritten letter, dated February 9, 1924, signed by Everett Scott. In his letter, which was penned during his record streak, Scott responds to a fan. In full: "I have received many letters from admirers throughout the country, but your letter made me feel real good. Although I do not consider myself one of the big stars of the game, I have and always will do my bit trying to make the game honest and clean. It is real nice to know one has friends pulling for them clear across the ocean and taking time to let us know of it. It is now the 9th of Feb. and by the time you rec. this letter, I will have gone South to prepare for another season. We train at Hot Springs, Ark. and New Orleans. I believe the Yanks will win the pennant again this year, although Detroit, Cleveland and St. Louis have dangerous clubs. Drop me a line any time and you may be sure I shall enjoy hearing from you. Your Friend, Everett Scott Short. Stop N.Y. Yankees. Auburn, Indiana.” Both the text and signature have been scripted in red ink and grade “9.” Each page of the letter (6.5 x 10.25 inches) displays a horizontal and vertical mailing fold, as well as a few extremely tiny tears along the top border (mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy). In Excellent condition overall. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope postmarked February 11, 1924 (6 x 3.5 inches; Ex). 2) 1925 Cedric Durst letter. One-page handwritten letter, undated, signed by Cedric Durst. In his letter, written on Hotel Severin stationery (Indianapolis) to George Outland of Whittier, California, Durst offers his unlimited support for Outland’s unspecified cause. In full: Dear George, Anyone from the State of California can have anything I can give, as I spent one of the best years and most pleasant year's of my life there. It was with regret that I had to leave that year. Anything, that I can do for you, I will gladly do it. Your Friend - Cedric M. Durst." Both the text and signature have been penned in black fountain pen and grade “10.” Although the letter is undated, it is accompanied its original mailing envelope (6 x 3.5 inches; Vg) that is postmarked April 22, 1925. Durst was a member of the St. Paul Saints of the American Association at the time of this letter. In 1924 Durst played with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League, where he led the club in batting with a .342 average. (No wonder he referred to it as one of the best years of his life.) The letter (6 x 9.5 inches) displays two normal horizontal mailing folds and two extremely tiny border chips. In Excellent condition overall. Total: 2 letters. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $705
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