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John Heydler Signed 1933 All-Star Game Invitation to Max Carey - Inaugural All-Star Game!
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $720
Extremely significant John Heydler typed-signed letter, dated June 23, 1933, notifying Brooklyn Dodgers manager and future Hall of Famer, Max Carey, of his selection as a coach to the first-ever All-Star Game, which was to be held on July 6th at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The letter, which is written on official "The National League" letterhead, is addressed to "Mr. Max Carey/Manager Brooklyn Baseball Club/Ebbets Field/Brooklyn, New York," and reads in full:
Dear Mr. Carey: This is to formally notify you of your selection as one of two assistant managers and coaches for the contest between representative teams of the National and American Leagues, to be played at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Thursday, July 6, at 1:15 P.M. This game is Base Ball's contribution to the Century of Progress. It is under auspices of the Chicago 'Tribune', with the net receipts going to the Players Relief Fund. Mr. McGraw has called a meeting of players and all concerned, to be held in the Visitors Club House, Comiskey Park, at 11 o'clock morning of game. Be sure to be on hand early. A special uniform is being made for you. It will be delivered to you in the club house in Chicago by Spalding's man, who will be there at 9 o'clock. Your expense bill, which should be itemized, will be paid by the Brooklyn Club. Would appreciate a line, accepting the assignment. Yours truly, John A. Heydler [signed].
Heydler's signature has been beautifully scripted in black fountain pen and grades "9/10." This is one of only two 1933 All-Star Game invitation letters we have ever seen (the other, in lesser condition, was addressed to Gabby Hartnett). Its rarity notwithstanding, it also one of the most historically significant documents we have ever seen or can imagine existing relating to the birth of the All-Star Game. As mentioned in the letter, John McGraw, manager of the National League team, had, unbeknownst to the American League, ordered special "All-Star Game" uniforms for his team in the inaugural midsummer classic. The uniforms were gray, with "National League" lettered on the front, and all of the players were allowed to keep them after the game. The American League players simply wore their regular season uniforms. While the National League may have looked better on the field, they were no match for the American League stars, who, powered by Babe Ruth's two-run home run in the third inning (fittingly, the first home run in All-Star Game history) won the inaugural All-Star Game by a score of 4-2. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two vertical and two horizontal mailing folds, as well as light toning. In Excellent condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $720
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