The Dick Hoblitzell Collection - Letters, Photos, Scrapbook, 1914 Western Tour Camera, Etc.
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,175
Each item in this fascinating collection, comprised of a wide variety of memorabilia including documents and photos and other keepsakes, relates to the professional career of Dick Hoblitzell and all originate directly from his estate. Dick Hoblitzell began his Major League career in 1908 with the Cincinnati Reds before joining the Boston Red Sox in mid season of 1914, where he helped lead the club to three World Championships over the next four seasons as the team's starting first baseman. In addition to his steady all-around play, Hoblitzell was also Babe Ruth's roommate on the road, and the two remained close friends long after their playing careers. A letter of provenance from Dick Hoblitzell's daughter accompanies. 1) One-page typed letter, dated March 13, 1920, signed in black fountain pen (grading "8") by Connie Mack. Written on official American League Base Ball Club of Philadelphia letterhead (featuring a photo of Shibe Park), Mack writes to Hoblitzell regarding a number of potential players Hoblitzell was interested in obtaining. Hoblitzell was manager of the Akron Base Ball Club at the time. 8.5 x 11 inches. Vg. 2) Original photo of Babe Ruth as a member of the Yankees holding Dick Hoblitzell's son in his arms. The date "1927" is written on the reverse in pencil. Trimmed to its current dimensions of 7 x 10.5 inches. Vg, with a small tear in the right border and a few light creases. 3) Vintage leather keychain stamped "Yankee Baseball Club," attached to which is a single locker key. The name "Dick Hoblitzell" is written in black ink on the reverse. According to family lore, this keychain was personally given to Hoblitzell by Babe Ruth, and for this reason was a particularly cherished family keepsake. 4-5) Circa 1913 Kodak box camera (Gd, heavily worn, cracked lens, etc.) together with vintage snapshot photo (3.25 x 4.25 inches) of Hoblitzell holding this very camera! This very camera accompanied Hoblitzell on the 1914 All American Western barnstorming tour (in which a team of American and National League stars toured following the 1914 season) and was used to take photos that are in this lot! 6-7) Two original photos (6 x 4 inches) taken during Hoblitzell's participation in the 1914 postseason barnstorming tour. The first pictures the players, in street clothes posing together upon landing in Hawaii, including Hoblitzell and Grover Alexander. The second photos pictures the players' wives posing together at the same locale. Vg-Ex. 8-14) Seven original photos. Five are snapshots (approximately 3 x 4 inches) and picture Hoblitzell in street clothes at various locals. A larger photo (6 x 8.5 inches) pictures Hoblitzell posing with his wife. A final snapshot photo captures Herb Pennock and his family posing together. Vg overall. 15-20) Six various postcards. Two of the postcards, dating from 1912, are written by Hoblitzell to his future wife during spring training. Vg overall. 21) Collection of original radio transcripts from Hoblitzell's radio show in the 1940s (which, as his daughter's accompanying letter notes, was called Baseball is my Hobby because "Hobby" was Hoblitzell's nickname). Thirty-nine total pages with tremendous baseball content, including Hoblitzell's "all-time" greatest team. Each sheet approximately 8.5 x 14 inches. Vg overall. 22) Vintage hard-bound scrapbook featuring numerous newspaper clipping relating to Hoblitzell's career. Fr, with heavy wear to detached covers, and numerous tears to the interior pages, but still fascinating and with outstanding content, and personally compiled and saved by the Hoblitzell family. 23) Small 1915 World Series commemorative piece. It is a tiny baseball, that was probably used as either a keychain or charm. The handwritten notation "World's Champions 1915" appears on one panel and Hoblitzell's initials are written on the opposite panel. Approximately 3.25 inches in circumference. Ex. Total: 23 items. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,175