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Baseball Commissioners and League Presidents Signed Letter Collection (5) with Landis
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $840
Collection of five one-page typed letters (8.5 x 11 inches) signed, respectively, by five different Hall of Fame executives who served as either baseball commissioner or league president. 1) Kenesaw Landis. On official "Baseball" letterhead, dated September 14, 1931, addressed to "Mr. John F. Brennan." Landis responds to Brennan's claim of back pay for his services as an umpire in the Virginia League. Signed by Landis in black fountain pen (grading "9/10"). Ex, with two horizontal mailing folds. 2) Will Harridge. On official "The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs" letterhead, dated September 28, 1949, addressed to Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser. Harridge notifies Newhouser that as a ten-year veteran he is to receive a lifetime silver pass from both the American and National Leagues. Signed by Harridge in black fountain pen ("10"). G-Vg, with two horizontal mailing folds, a diagonal crease in the upper left, and a stain along the base. 3) Happy Chandler. On official "Baseball" letterhead, dated May 23, 1950, addressed to "Mr. M. Glen Miller" (president of the Executives' Club of Chicago). Chandler thanks him for his hospitality during Chandler's recent trip to Chicago. Signed by Chandler in blue fountain pen ("10"). Ex, with two horizontal mailing folds and a few light creases. 4) Warren Giles. On "The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs" letterhead, dated June 6, 1960, addressed to Buzzy Bavasi (vice president of the LA Dodgers). Giles writes Bavasi in approval of the contracts for the club's two team trainers. Signed by Giles in blue ink ("9"). Ex, with two horizontal mailing folds and two notebook holes along the top border. 5) Bowie Kuhn. On official "Baseball" letterhead, dated March 22, 1978, addressed to "Brent Alderman." In his letter, Kuhn responds to Alderman's inquiry regarding the reasons why Kuhn voided the trade of pitcher Vida Blue from the Athletics to the Reds (Kuhn advises him to simply read the decision, in which Kuhn's views are fully set forth). Signed by Kuhn in black ink ("10"). Vg-Ex, with minor creases and few tiny areas of light discoloration along the top border. Total: 5 letters. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $840
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