1944 Grover Alexander Handwritten Letter

Sold For: $1,763

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1046

Item Year: 1944

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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One-page handwritten letter, dated June 11, 1944, signed by Hall of Fame pitcher Grover Alexander. In his letter, written in pencil upon "Fort Washington Hotel" (Cincinnati, Ohio) stationery, Alexander honors a request for an autograph from a fan. In full: "Dear Howard - Glad to have your letter and here is my autograph for your book. I do wish you a lot of good things in life. Sincerely, Grover Cleveland Alexander." Both the text and signature are boldly scripted and grade "10." Although he was one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game, Alexander's later years were fraught with despair. Alexander suffered from both epilepsy and alcoholism, both of which became increasingly worse following his retirement. Unable to hold a job, Alexander lived hand-to-mouth for the remainder of his life. This letter, which was written just six years before his death in 1950 at the age of sixty-three, finds him in unusually good spirits and represents an exceptional example from the period. The letter (6 x 8.5 inches) displays three horizontal mailing folds, tack holes in each of the four corners, a diagonal crease in the upper right corner, and the number "550" written in pencil in the upper right. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,763

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