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1906 Henry Chadwick Two-Page Autograph Letter Regarding World Series
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $5,510.00
Incredible Henry Chadwick two-page handwritten letter with extraordinary historical baseball content relating to baseball's early official policies regarding postseason play. The World Series had just been established in 1903, and was almost immediately in danger of no longer existing as the 1904 edition was canceled due to dissension between the league owners. The 1905 and 1906 postseason contests were played, but despite its immediate popularity with fans, many details regarding exactly how the World Series would be played had yet to be formally established and agreed upon. The future success of the World Series depended on formally addressing all issues, if the series was to survive and thrive as an institution. The content of this letter has profound significance, as the "Father of Baseball" presents his recommendations relating to the then-very young and developing institution of the World Series. The letter is flawlessly written in ink as follows: "Enclosed I send you a copy of a letter I have written for Sporting Life, relative to the connection of the Board of Commission with the series of post season games, which are talked of as coming events of the month of October. The beneficial effects of placing the worlds series of championship contests in the hands of the Board, were made so palpable in 1905 and 1906, that it has become a necessity, in furtherance of the best interests of organized professional base ball, that the supervision of all of the growing series of post season matches should, as far as the rules and regulations, for playing this class of games is concerned, be placed under the entire control of the Board. Experience has plainly shown—in the case of the worlds championship series of post season contests—that the integrity of play, so vital an element of the game, and the preservation of the independent action of the umpires in their strict enforcement of the existing code of playing rules in base ball, should be upheld by the governing power of organized base ball; not only in regard to the single worlds championship series, but also in reference to the second class series of post season's games, such as the matches arranged to settle the question of the championship of the metropolis: for which the two National League clubs and the American League of New York are alone eligible; together with such intercity series, as the matches between the rival Major League Clubs of Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago, and also those comprising the two leading clubs of the various leagues in the arena of the National Association of Leagues, all of which series have become part and parcel of a very attractive contests series of after season games, which, as a whole, make up a fitting climax close to the grand professional championship campaigns of each yearly base ball season. I beg to submit this view of a proper arrangement of the post season class of games, for the earnest consideration and prompt action of the Board of Commission this month. Henry Chadwick, Editor of Spalding's Base Ball Guide. P.S. I leave it optional with you as to this being given out to the local press. H.C." Chadwick's personal Brooklyn Eagle business card is attached to the letter at the bottom portion of the second page. The letter has normal mailing folds. Excellent condition with all writing, including signature, absolutely perfect, grading a flawless "10." LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$7,500. SOLD FOR $5,510.00
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