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1961 Program Signed by George Weiss (w/Early Mets Reference!), Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, and Others
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $180
Dinner program, issued by the Old Timers Athletic Association of Greenwich, Connecticut, signed on the front cover by George Weiss and a number of other notable attendees. The dinner, held on November 14, 1961, was the first organized event ever held by the Old Timers Athletic Association and on that night it chose to honor the following six gentleman, all of whom had ties to Greenwich, Connecticut: George Weiss, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, James Conlan, Tony Manero, and George Smith. The most notable, obviously, were Weiss (architect of the great Yankees dynasty of the late 1940s/1950s), Jack Dempsey (former heavyweight boxing champ), and Gene Tunney (former heavyweight boxing champ). The cover features an illustration of Weiss dressed in a Mets uniform and has been signed in blue ink by the following nine individuals: George Weiss, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney (twice, one includes the salutation "To Jeffrey Wife"), Al Schacht ("Clown Prince of Baseball"), Red Smith (New York sportswriter), Tony Manero, Sam Pryor (executive of Pan American Airlines, presenter that night), Eddie Eagan (former Olympic champion), and Ted Yudain (committee member). It has also been signed in blue ink on the interior by George Smith. All of the signatures have been boldly scripted and grade "9" or "10." It is interesting to note that Weiss was identified as general manager of the New York Mets at the time of the dinner, but the the birth of the franchise would not officially begin until the following spring, when the club began its first season of play. The 32-page program (8.5 x 11 inches) displays moderate handling wear and is in Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. SOLD FOR $180
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