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1947 Joe Tinker Handwritten Letter
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,880
One-page handwritten letter, undated, signed by Hall of Fame shortstop Joe Tinker. In his brief letter, Tinker writes to a friend and updates him on his health. In full: "Dear Stanley: Thanks for letter and it found me getting along fine so far and all I need is a new leg. Glad you have started on the book. I wish you ever success. I hope your down this way some day. Yours Truly, Joe Tinker." Both the text and signature have been scripted in black fountain pen and grade "9/10." Although the letter is undated, it is accompanied by a photocopy of the original mailing envelope which is postmarked "Feb 12 1947." Tinker's reference to a new leg here is literal. A diabetic, he eventually lost his left leg to the disease on January 15, 1947, just one month prior to writing this letter. Tinker was convalescing at his son Rollie's home in Orlando, Florida, at the time of this writing and the letter appears to find him in good spirits. Unfortunately, his health did not improve and he passed away one year later, on July 27, 1948. Tinker's name was forever immortalized in baseball lore with the publication of Franklin P. Adams' famous poem, Baseball's Sad Lexicon , in 1910, which began "These are the saddest of possible words: Tinkers to Evers to Chance." As one third of Chicago's famed double-play trio, Tinker helped lead the Cubs to four pennants and two World Championships during his twelve-year tenure with the club (1902-1912, and 1916). An outstanding defensive shortstop, Tinker finished his career with a .262 lifetime average. Fittingly, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1946 along with both Evers and Chance. The letter (3.25 x 5.5 inches) displays a few minor creases throughout and a rust-colored paper clip impression along the right border. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. The letter has been mounted (most likely by means of an adhesive on the reverse) and framed together with a Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcard of Tinker. Total dimensions: 9 x 17.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,880
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