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1911 Addie Joss Scrapbook Pages Including "Addie Joss Day" Letter (4)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,115.00
These four scrapbook pages were compiled by the Joss family, and saved in a scrapbook relating to Joss’ career. The entire balance of the scrapbook resides in the permanent collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, a gift by Frank and Peggy Steele of Perez-Steele Galleries. The offered pages were separated by the original owner prior to selling the scrapbook many years ago. The most significant page offered here is dedicated to the historic “Addie Joss Day” Benefit Game. The large 11 x 15-inch page is affixed with a number of paper items, all of which in some way relate to “Addie Joss Day.” The page features an official letter of extraordinary significance, signed by Cleveland vice-president (and future American League president) E. S. Barnard, written in his capacity as Treasurer of the Addie Joss Day Committee. This letter was apparently sent to all team owners, and is an original official solicitation for contributions to the fund which was presented to Addie Joss’ widow on "Addie Joss Day," as well as officially announcing the formal plans for the legendary game. The letter reads as follows: Dear Sir: On July 24th a Benefit Game will be played at Cleveland between the Cleveland American League Club and an All Star team made up of prominent American and National League players. The entire proceeds of this game are to be given to the widow of the late “Addie” Joss. Because of Joss’ great popularity and prominence during his major league career a substantial sum realized from this game is sure to attract favorable attention from the public at large and further dignify the game in the public mind. Players of the Joss type have been a very important factor in the general advancement of the game during the past ten years. We think that you will agree with us that every major league club owner profited indirectly by the gentlemanly deportment and the resulting popularity of the late Addie Joss during his baseball career and because of this fact we feel that every major league club owner will be willing to contribute something toward making this Benefit Game a financial success. Make all checks payable to E.S. Barnard, Treas. Very truly yours, Joss Day Committee [signed] E. S. Barnard [“9”] Treasurer . Also affixed to the page is a newspaper article and box score from the game, a postcard of the 1907 Cleveland ball club, magazine cutouts of players, a small panoramic photo of Cleveland Ball Park (game-in-progress scene), and 12 assorted T205 and T206 tobacco cards including those of Addie Joss, Walter Johnson, Nap Lajoie, Cy Young, and Tris Speaker. All of the cards are glued to the page and are otherwise in overall Good condition. This particular page has tremendous visual appeal and is a fascinating and unique tribute, ideal for display, representing one of the most historic games ever played. The other three pages feature additional highlights: 1 ) Birth announcement from Mr. and Mrs. Ty Cobb. The small, preprinted card (3.5 x 2.5 inches) announces the birth of “Tyrus Raymond Cobb, Jr., - January 30, 1910” and is accompanied by its original envelope addressed to “Mr. and Mrs. Addie Joss." It is postmarked March 7, 1910. The envelope is affixed to the page, but the card can be removed. 2 ) Two Western Union telegrams to Joss from “A. M. McCallister” regarding Joss’ involvement in a barnstorming tour of Havana, Cuba. The first, dated November 26th (no year), offers Joss $500 and all expenses paid for three games. Joss obviously accepted the offer, as the second telegram, dated November 30th, instructs him to report to the Brevoort Hotel in Chicago at once (with Merkle) and lists a departure date of Thursday evening. Both telegrams measure 8 x 5.25 inches and are in Very Good condition. The first is affixed to the album page while the other is loose. The remaining items affixed to the pages generally consist of newspaper and/or magazine articles and photos relating to Joss. All four pages measure 11 x 15 inches and bear two notebook holes along the top border. Excellent condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000 SOLD FOR $2,115.00
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