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Hall of Fame Umpires Signed Letter Collection (5)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $840
Collection of five letters, both handwritten and typed, plus one questionnaire, each signed by a Hall of Fame umpire.
1) Billy Evans. Two-page typed-signed letter, dated June 27, 1944, on Southern Association of Baseball Clubs letterhead. Evans, as president of the Southern Association, writes to W. G. Bramham, president of the National Association, for a clarification on the rules regarding the protection of minor-league territories after a club has left a city. Signed by Evans in black fountain pen (grading "8"). 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex (the two pages are stapled together).
2) Bill McGowan. Two-page typed-signed letter, dated November 25, 1946, on Bill McGowan's School For Umpires letterhead. McGowan writes to Roman Bentz, an offensive lineman playing for the New York Yankees in the All-America Football Conference at the time, encouraging him to enroll in his school. McGowan makes note that as an ex G.I. Bentz's tuition would be paid for by the Veteran's Administraion as called for under the G.I. Bill. Signed by McGowan in blue fountain pen ("9/10"). Ex-Mt, with two horizontal folds.
3) Jocko Conlan. Two-page handwritten letter, dated January 1, 1975, written to a friend named Danny Lawler. Conlan was recovering from open-heart surgery at the time and makes note of the operation in his letter. He thanks Lawler for the gifts he sent and also comments on baseball current events. In part: "How about that Catfish Hunter deal. That [Marvin] Miller has beaten Bowie Kuhn every time." Both the text and signature are scripted in blue ink and grade "9/10." 6 x 9 inches. Ex-Mt, with two horizontal folds. Together with the original mailing envelope (6.5 x 3.75; Ex-Mt) that includes a second blue-ink Conlan signature ("10") as part of the return address.
4) Jocko Conlan. One-page handwritten letter, undated, written to "Danny" (presumably the same Danny as in the previous letter). In his short missive, Conlan talks of his reverence for the game of baseball. In full: "Baseball was and still is my entire life. I loved the greatest of all sports, Baseball. It is a sin the way that some players today show such disrespect for such a wonderful living they have today and were blessed with enough ability to reach the Major League. Best wishes always Jocko Conlan." Both the text and signature are penned in blue ink and grade "9/10." 5.75 x 7.75 inches. Ex-Mt with a horizontal fold.
5) Doug Harvey. One-page handwritten letter, dated January 23, 1976, on McMillin Realty letterhead. Harvey writes to a fan, apologizing for the fact that he does not currently have any photos of himself to autograph. Both the text and signature are scripted in blue ink and grade "10." 8.5 x 11 inches. Ex-Mt, with two horizontal folds. Together with the original mailing envelope (9.5 x 4.25 inches; Ex-Mt) that includes a second blue-ink Harvey signature ("9") as part of the return address.
6) Doug Harvey. One-page typed questionnaire filled out by Harvey in blue ink. Sent by a fan, the questionnaire features three questions: "During your career which games were the most memorable?"; "Which managers and players were the most difficult and seemed to look for a confrontation?"; and "Who are the umpires you feel should be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame?" Harvey has responded to all of the questions, including his first game as an umpire in 1962 as one of his most memorable, Frank Robinson as the most difficult player, and "Shag" Crawford as the umpire he feels should be in the Hall of Fame. Harvey has signed the questionnaire along the base in blue ink ("9/10"). 8.5 x 11 inches. Vg, with folds and creases. Total: 6 items (5 letters and 1 questionnaire). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $840
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