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1905 Connie Mack Handwritten Letter

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,080

Addendum: The catalog title for this lot contained a typo. The letter is dated 1905, not 1903.

One-page handwritten letter, dated "Sept 15th 1905," on official "American Base Ball Club of Philadelphia" stationery, boldly signed in black fountain pen (grading "9") by Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack using his full legal name: "Cornelius McGillicuddy" ("9"). It should be noted that Connie Mack's name was always Cornelius McGillicuddy. He never legally changed it to "Connie Mack." In fact his grandson, who is a very well-known politician in Florida who also goes by the name of Connie Mack, is also legally named "Cornelius McGillicuddy." Legend has it that sportswriters found Mack's real name too unwieldy for headlines and scorecards, so they shortened it, and the nickname caught on. The content of this letter concerns the rent arrangements for a property apparently owned by Mack and formally acknowledges receipt of payment. In full: "B B Hoffman to Cornelius McGillicuddy to rent for room over 2711-2713-2715 Germantown Ave for one mo. from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in advance. Received Payment, Cornelius McGillicuddy." In addition to the extremely rare signature form, this letter is remarkable as it is one of the earliest known dated correspondences from Mack. The only other Mack letter we have seen that predates, albeit by a few months, was dated January 9, 1905. Mack, of course, was manager of the Athletics at the time of this letter, a team that included Rube Waddell, Eddie Plank, and Chief Bender on its roster. Both "Connie Mack," as manager, and "B. F. Shibe," as president, are identified in print along the top border of the stationery. There was a player by the name of Daniel Hoffman on the 1905 Athtletics, who may or may not be the "B. B. Hoffman" referenced here in this letter, but we make mention of it strictly as a possibility. It is fascinating to note that REA sold a similar Mack letter in our April 2005 auction, dated one year later (3/15/06), that concerned the rental arrangements between "B. B. Hoffman Bros." and Mack for the same property listed here. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two vertical and five horizontal mailing folds, as well as a light strip of discoloration along both the top and bottom borders. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA.  Reserve $200. Estimate $400++.

SOLD FOR $1,080

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