1925 Myles Thomas Signed Letter
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $711
One-page typed letter, dated May 12, 1936, signed by Myles Thomas, who was a former member of the 1927 New York Yankees. In his letter, on "The Tiffin Baseball Club, Inc." (the "Mud Hens" of the Ohio State League) letterhead, Thomas writes to a Mr. Egan regarding a number of prospects. In part:
Am writing to you in regards to this boy Bates whom we are unable to use at this time. It is not that I do not think him class D material but our second base position is taken care of by a local boy who has been somewhat of a star here the past couple of years and to replace him would be like nailing up the entrance of the park. . . . Of the four boys sent us from Charleston three have decided to stay but the fourth Furry a catcher left us several days ago. Either through an offer of a better job or fear of someone stealing his best girl we are not certain. . . ."
Myles has boldly signed the letter in black fountain pen, with the signature grading "10." Thomas played with the Mud Hens in 1935, which was his final season of organized ball. Fred Haney was the manager of Toledo in 1936, so Myles must have been employed with the club either as a coach/scout or front office executive. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays one vertical and two horizontal mailing folds, as well as three red editorial lines in the text and a stray pencil mark in the upper right corner. In Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $711