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Lot # 736 (of 1389)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1952 Dummy Hoy Signed Note with Original Mailing Envelope!

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $420

Signature example of William "Dummy" Hoy, penned on the back of a 1952 letter from a collector requesting an autograph. Hoy's signature, scripted "Wm E. Hoy" in blue ink, is flawlessly executed and grades "10." This Dummy Hoy signature was originally obtained decades ago by our consignor's husband, a lifelong autograph collector, who, starting in his teens, began the practice of writing players to ask for their autographs. It has remained in the family's sole possession since the day it was acquired. While Hoy was a fine overall player, noted for his speed on the base paths and his outstanding abilities in center field, he is best known today for his having accomplished so much in spite of his deafness. Legend even has it that the familiar ball and strike hand signals used by umpires today arose to accomodate Hoy, who could not hear their calls. Hoy finished his career with 2,044 hits and a .288 lifetime average, statistics that many of his supporters cite when they lobby for his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Whether he eventually enters the hallowed halls of Cooperstown or not, Hoy's place in baseball history is already well founded given the obstacles he had to overcome to star for so many years at the game's highest level. The letter (5 x 7.75 inches) displays three horizontal folds and is in Exellent condition overall. The envelope (6.25 x 7.5 inches) also remains in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA.


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