19 - 20 October 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 3,000
Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000
WALTER JOHNSON HANDWRITTEN LETTER
Two-page handwritten letter dated September, 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. Johnson writes regarding his contract If you will send me two calling for $7,500 per year I will sign them and send you one back and keep one for myself. 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 The Southern Hotel, St. Louis stationary in black ink.
6 x 9 1/2 in.
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