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Federal League Document Collection in Framed Display with Two Team Letterheads and Handwritten Letter by Ed Lafitte, Who Hurled the Only No-Hitter
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $533
This framed display is comprised of four rare Federal League documents, including a handwritten letter from Edward Lafitte, who threw the only no-hitter in Federal League history, and two letters on team stationery. 1) One-page handwritten letter, undated, signed by "Ed Lafitte." Lafitte later became a dentist and the letter (6 x 8.25 inches) is written on his professional stationery. In full: "Dear Norman. I played with Detroit 1911-12-13. Brooklyn in the old Federal League 1914 + 15. Pitched the only no hit game in the Federal League. Then went in army in first world war. Coached the baseball team at Swathmore 1920 + 21. Yours Truly Ed Lafitte." Both the text and signature are boldly scripted in black ink and grade "10." Lafitte, who was reportedly a descendant of the famed Pirate Jean Lafitte, no-hit the Kansas City Packers in Brooklyn on September 19, 1914. Vg, with mailing folds, a few areas of light discoloration, and portions of tape remnants along the right and left borders. 2) One-page typed letter (8 x 10.25 inches), on official Federal League letterhead, signed by J. A. Gilmore in black fountain pen ("8") as president. In the brief one-sentence letter, dated November 27, 1914, Gilmore writes to "C. A. Hall & Son" and informs them that his club is "not interested in your proposition." Vg, with a horizontal fold, numerous light vertical folds, and a few creases. 3) One-page typed letter (7.25 x 8.25 inches), on Indianapolis Federal League letterhead, signed by Ed. W. Harter in black fountain pen ("10"). In his letter Harter, as business manager, writes to H. W. Lanigan, editor of The Base Ball World paper, to inform him of the paper's great popularity among Indianapolis fans. In full; "Dear Sirs, The supply of Base Ball World sent to our Park has been entirely exhausted, in fact the fans fought for them and am glad to advise that the fans didn't leave them lying on the ground but took them home. We had five boys distributing them and the fans curious to know what was being distributed congregated around but their curiosity soon turned to anxiety when they found The Base Ball World and they were nearly all gone. They fairly fought for them. Pleased to state no one was killed in the rush. Federal fans appreciate your dandy paper but no more than we do ourselves. We are certainly for you and appreciate your fairness to our new league. With Kindest Regards, I am, Yours Very Truly, Ed. W. Harter [signed]." Fr-Gd, with fold lines and heavy staining. 4) "Federal Base-Ball Club of Baltimore, Inc.," preprinted, stamped envelope (6 x 3.25 inches). Ex-Mt; not mailed. Total: 4 items (3 letters and 1 envelope). Total framed dimensions: 29 x 19 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $533
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