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1948 Cy Young Handwritten Three-Page Letter with Outstanding Baseball Content!
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $6,600
Three-page handwritten letter, dated January 31, 1948, signed by Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young. In his letter, written to well-known baseball writer Robert Smith, Young responds to Smith's inquiry regarding a comparison of former ballplayers that Young competed against during his career. In part:
Dear Mr. Smith, Your letter of inquiry at hand. Amos Rusie was a fast pitcher. His fast curve was his great success. Only had about 8 years of league pitching. I don't think his speed can quick up to mine. . . . As to [Billy] Hamilton and [Bill] Lange they never were in a class with Ty Cobb. . . . As to [Jesse] Burkett vs [Hugh] Duffy they were better than the average. Burkett a good batter could bunt hit and fast on his feet. Duffy a smart ball player above the average in the field and on the bases so was Burkett. Likewise Harry Stovey in their day. . . . I trust this will take care of your letter and do you some good. And if you can you might mail me a copy of your book at your leisure. Yours truly Cy Young.
The first page has been scripted in blue ink, while the final two pages were written in black ink. Both the text and signature are boldly penned, averaging "9/10." Robert Smith was a prolific sportswriter and author of numerous baseball books. This is one of the finest Cy Young letters we have ever seen, both with regard to its superb baseball content and length. Young was eighty-one years old at the time of this letter and probably one of the few players still alive who Robert Smith could question regarding the comparative abilities of the players named. It's not known if any of this information was specifically used in one of Smith's books, but we're sure the author was delighted in receiving such a lengthy response from one of baseball's true immortals. Each page of the letter (8 x 10 inches) displays one horizontal and two vertical folds. The first page displays some minor toning, otherwise all of the pages are in Excellent condition. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $6,600
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