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1953 Ty Cobb Handwritten Letter Commenting on the 1953 World Series!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,410

Two-page handwritten letter, dated October 24, 1953, signed (first name only) by Hall of Fame outfielder Ty Cobb. In his letter, written to his friend Joe Clements on his personal stationery (“Glenbrook, Douglas County, Nevada”) Cobb catches up and offers his opinion on the recently concluded 1953 World Series between the Yankees and Dodgers. In full:

Dear Joe: Your letter was so nice and right, it made me happy and forget it all, I just liked you and yours, we both do and I was afraid you had something in your "craw" when I like a fellow I hate to lose him, also every one seems to like you and you have been so nice to me. We are just returned from Salem, South Dakota for pheasant and we had a very nice time, I was there in 1946 and met a very fine man and have promised every year to come back, so finally I made good. We are both well now but we had an attack of a virus, bronchial, and lots of coughing, it is epidemic down in Calif. and we went there for 5 days and saw World Series on television also to check out a caretaker and secure another we contracted the virus when there. We have to go into Reno today and I am writing this hurriedly, will write you more fully later as to World Series Etc. That Casey Stengel. I had a hunch only that Brooklyn would win, though I was for N.Y. and my league but they the Yankees are really something. Just think outside of Rissuto [sic], Berra, Reynolds & Woodling what else did they have that would star on any other major league club, not even Mantle, one or two years more yes. We send best to all, I am, As Ever Ty.

Both the text and signature are scripted in blue ink and grade “10.” Joe Clements was the announcer for the Twin Falls Cowboys (Pioneer League) in Idaho. This letter is interesting in that while no one could ever dispute Cobb’s baseball acumen, he always harbored a certain bias against players that came after him. That fact is most apparent here as he praises Stengel (“that Casey Stengel”), who was a contemporary of his, for his managerial skill, but disparages the team in general by making note of how few “stars” are on the team. It is also strange that he failed to acknowledge either Whitey Ford (led the Yankees in wins) or Ed Lopat (led the American League in ERA) when singling out players. Each page of the letter (7.25 x 10.5 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds and is otherwise in Near Mint condition. This is an outstanding Cobb letter, with fine baseball content, dating from a period when he was the game's greatest living legend and one of baseball’s greatest ambassadors. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,410

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