19 - 20 October 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 2,500
Estimate USD 4,000 - USD 6,000
WALTER JOHNSON HANDWRITTEN LETTER
Three-page handwritten letter (undated, c.1910) from Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson (1887-1946) to Cincinnati promoter D.A. Fletcher, regarding a post-season barnstorming series between major league stars of the day. Written while the validity of the series was being debated by The National Commission, Johnson proclaims I think the National Commission is going too far...They just want to run everything that comes and want every body to know it...they should mind their own business... The proposed All Star Series was quickly banned by baseball's National Commission (predecessor to the Baseball Commissioner) and players were forced to return any money they had accepted. Featuring a full "Walter Johnson" signature, the letter is written on Hotel Richmond, Washington D.C. stationary in blue ink.
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.
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