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Lot # 1042 (of 1727)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1942 Rogers Hornsby Typed Letter Signed

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $940

One-page typed letter, dated April 11, 1942, signed by Hall of Fame second baseman Rogers Hornsby. In his letter, written on Fort Worth Ball Club letterhead, Hornsby, as general manager, writes to one of his players regarding a contractual matter. In full: "We are enclosing a duplicate of the contract you signed with us in accordance with the rules of the National Association that all players must have duplicate contracts. Yours very truly, Fort Worth Ball Club, Inc., Rogers Hornsby [signed]." Hornsby's signature has been boldly scripted in black fountain pen and grades "10." Hornsby signed letters written on Forth Worth letterhead are extremely rare because he was basically with the club for only one full season. Hornsby was both manager and general manager of Forth Worth, a member of the Texas League, from November 1941 until the league folded in February 1943. Interestingly, Hornsby's final at bat in organized baseball took place in 1942 with Fort Worth. Hornsby played in one game with the club, making one hit in his four at bats, with two RBI. According to our consignor, this letter has an interesting history relating to its survival: the person to whom this letter is addressed (Herbert Bain) originally tossed this letter into the trash can in 1942, and it was retrieved and saved as a souvenir of the legendary Rogers Hornsby by his roommate Otey Clark (who kept it for over sixty-five years). Our consigner received it directly from Clark. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two normal mailing folds and remains in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $940

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