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1917 Ed Barrow Handwritten Letter on International League Letterhead
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $240
One-page handwritten letter, dated October 27, 1917, signed by Hall of Fame manager and team executive Ed Barrow. In his letter, written in pencil on official "The International League" letterhead, Barrow instructs one of his employees regarding billing matters for the league. In full: "Dear Manley - Do not send out bills for league dues for November. Just for October, $200. Make them out for the full amount each club owes. Best wishes, yours, E. G. Barrow." In a postscript he adds: "Am about out of paper - you forgot to put in the scratch pads." Both the text and signature grade "10."
Barrow was president of the International League from 1912 to 1917. As such, this letter probably represents one of his final official acts while in office. Shortly after, he accepted the position as manager of the Boston Red Sox, where one of his first decisions was to move Babe Ruth from the mound to the outfield. The rest, as they say, is history. Barrow led Boston to a World Championship in 1918 and then three years later followed Ruth to New York. As general manager of the Yankees, Barrow oversaw one of the greatest dynasties in sports history. Under Barrow's direction, the Yankees won fourteen pennants and ten World Championships between the years 1921 and 1945. Barrow died in 1953, just three months after his election to the Hall of Fame. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays one horizontal and two vertical folds, a staple hole in the upper left corner, and a few light crease. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $240
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