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1895 Henry Chadwick Handwritten Two-Page Autobiography
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,292.50
Offered here is a two-page handwritten document by Henry Chadwick in which he offers a brief synopsis of his life and career. The document, which originates directly from Chadwick's estate, is undated and addressed to no one in particular. Although it is undated, he mentions in the letter that he is now in his seventy-first year, thus pinpointing its year of origin to 1895. The document begins with Chadwick noting his date of birth (October 5, 1824) and how his family emigrated from England to the United States in 1837. He then briefly talks of his early career as a music teacher and composer prior to becoming a journalist. He writes in part ... [I] entered into my journalistic life in the early fifties when I became interested in the game of base ball, and as chairman of the Committee of Rules of the first National Association evolved the existing national game. In 1894 I retired from active service as a base ball scribe and ...in the fall of that year was made honorary member of the National League. I am now in my 71st year, and write letters on sports and articles for magazines also books on various sports, and am editor of the National League Guide Book of base ball. Such in brief is my history... He later mentions his wife and family and relates that after the passing of his eldest brother he no longer has any close ties to England and that all his ...interests are with the country of 'Old Glory'. The letter is unsigned and has been written in black fountain pen on two separate sheets of lined paper. The text remains bold and legible, grading "9." Each sheet is unevenly toned and displays a horizontal fold. A few extremely minor border tears affect each page. The first page measures 5 x 8 inches, while the second sheet is slightly smaller (4.5 x 7 inches). In Very Good condition. This is a fascinating and unique autobiographical document penned by the man universally regarded as the "Father of Baseball." LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,292.50
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