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1943 Kenesaw Landis Signed Letter (Regarding Hall of Fame Qualifications of Bill Lange)

Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $840

One-page typed letter, dated September 27, 1943, signed by Kenesaw Landis in his capacity as commissioner of baseball. In his letter, on official "Baseball" letterhead, Landis writes to a gentleman regarding the Hall of Fame qualifications of nineteenth-century pitcher Bill Lange. In full: "Dear Mr. Karst: This acknowledges your letter of September 22, concerning Bill Lange. If you care to send me a copy of results of your research I will be glad to make it available to whoever may have to do with elections to the Hall of Fame. Very truly yours." It is signed "Kenesaw Landis" in black fountain pen (grading "9/10"). Landis died just one year later, while still commissioner, and was elected to the Hall of Fame that same year. Lange, in addition to being a prominent star with the Chicago Nationals from 1893 to 1899, was very prominent in the baseball world after his playing days, and was especially noted for his efforts to promote the game of baseball worldwide. He was, however, never elected to the Hall of Fame. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds, three notebook holes along the left border, a few minor edge tears, light creases, and three tiny areas of discoloration along the base. In Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $100. Estimate $300+. SOLD FOR $840

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