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Connie Mack ALS and Ban Johnson TLS Plus 1919 Charles Comiskey Letter/Murnane (3)

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,410.00

Collection of three signed letters comprised of a 1919 Connie Mack ALS, a 1906 Ban Johnson TLS, and a 1919 secretarially signed letter from Charles Comiskey. Each of these letters originates from the estate of Timothy Murnane, a former Major League player in the 1870s who later became one of the country's most respected sportswriters. The Johnson letter was written directly to Murnane, while the other two date from very shortly after his death (1917) and are addressed to his wife. 1) Connie Mack ALS. Two-page letter (on two sides of a single fold-over sheet), dated May 12, 1919, and addressed to Mrs. Timothy Murnane. In his letter, handwritten in black fountain pen on The Brunswick (Boston, Massachusetts) hotel stationery, Mack lauds her late husband and laments the fact that the unveiling of a monument dedicated to him was postponed due to inclement weather. He writes in full: My Dear Mrs. Murnane. Yours received, regret very much that the weather condition permitted the unveiling of the monument which was erected for your husband and the greatest friend that the American League has ever had. Appreciate very much the kind words you have expressed as coming from your husband whom I always admired not only as a great writer but also as the man I never tired of hearing him talk of the old timers and especially of the game. I often think that its to bad that the baseball had to lose such a great booster for the game just at a time when the game needed all its strength. With very best wishes to yourself and family, I remain Respectfully Yours - Connie Mack. All writing and Mack's signature grade "8-9." The letter (5.25 x 6.5 inches) displays a horizontal mailing fold and light soiling. In Very Good to Excellent condition. 2) Ban Johnson TLS. One-page typed letter, on official American League stationery, dated January 25, 1906, and addressed to Timothy Murnane. In his letter, Johnson looks forward to speaking with Murnane prior to the American League meeting on February 14th of that year in New York. He writes in part: ... Our Spring schedule meeting will be held at New York on the 14th of February. It is my purpose to go to New York fully a week in advance of the meeting. If you can come to New York prior to the 14th, I would love to see you, as there are two or three matters I wish to discuss with you in advance of the American League session... It is signed "B. B. Johnson" in black fountain pen ("9"). The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays normal mailing folds which have a few small tears. A few period pencil notations appear on the reverse. In Very Good to Excellent condition. 3) Charles Comiskey Letter. One-page letter, on official Chicago White Sox stationery, dated June 6, 1919, and addressed to Mrs. Murnane. In his letter, Comiskey apologizes for not being able to attend certain memorial exercises on account of illness. The letter is signed "Charles Comiskey" in black fountain pen; however, the signature has been signed by his secretary, Harry Grabiner. For many years it was a very common practice for Grabiner to sign letters for Comiskey. Accompanied by its very striking original Chicago White Sox mailing envelope with embossed color logo. The letter displays normal mailing folds and is in Excellent condition overall. The envelope is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 3 letters. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,410.00


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