1936 Connie Mack Signed Letter with Extraordinary Baseball Content

Sold For: $1,320

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1540

Item Year: 1936

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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One-page typed letter, dated December 29, 1936, signed by Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack. This letter, written on Philadelphia Athletics letterhead to actor Frank Sheridan, is notable for its outstanding baseball content. Mack had just turned seventy-four and is responding to Sheridan's earlier birthday wishes. In between his thanks and wishing Sheridan a Happy New Year, Mack reflects upon his advancing age and laments the fact that financial hardships cost him many a World Championship over the years. In part:

Dear Frank: Was delighted to receive your letter and many thanks for the congratulations extended. You can be assured of one thing that at this time I don't feel like seventy four and between you and me all this retiring stuff in [sic] bunk for I am in no position to retire financially. Let us be honest about that. Have made plenty in my time Now, as I look back, regret to a great extent that it was necessary to dispose of my star players. If I had been in a position whereby I could have held all the players that I have disposed of in my time there is no doubt but what our city here could have had many more championship clubs. Am again starting to build up a young team and if successful will hold them all for all time. It is not much of a pleasure to sit on the bench and realize that you haven't a chance to win and that has been my case for the past two years.

The letter is signed "Connie Mack" in black fountain pen, with the signature grading "7," slight brushing). Unfortunately for Mack, his dreams of another championship club never materialized, as the A's remained a second-division club for the remainder of his coaching tenure (he retired in 1950). The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays one horizontal and two vertical folds. In Excellent condition overall. Together with its original mailing envelope (6.5 x 3.5 inches; Vg). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication.
Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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