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1922 Charles Comiskey TLS to Harry Frazee on White Sox Stationery
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $1,292.50
One-page typed letter, written to Boston Red Sox team owner Harry Frazee, signed by Charles Comiskey. In his letter, written upon official Chicago White Sox stationery and dated November 7, 1922, Comiskey offers thanks for Frazee’s support after the passing of his wife. He writes in full: “My dear Friend: Please accept our grateful appreciation for the heartfelt expression of sympathy which you so thoughtfully and kindly tendered to us at the passing away of Mrs. Comiskey. Your words of condolence are a great comfort to us now and will tend greatly to lighten our heavy burden. We are, Gratefully yours, Chas. A. Comiskey [signed].” Comiskey’s signature has been beautifully scripted in black fountain pen and grades “9.” Despite their lofty status as team owners, both Comiskey and Frazee were two of the most despised figures in their respective cities at the time of this letter. Comiskey’s penurious ways were directly responsible for baseball’s darkest hour, the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal, while Frazee sold Babe Ruth, and most of his other star players, to the Yankees in order to raise cash for his theatrical investments. Each of their actions resulted in the White Sox and Red Sox becoming perennial second-division teams in the American League for years to come. Comiskey letters are even rarer than collectors realize as it has come to light in recent years that many correspondences and documents previously thought to be signed by Comiskey were ghost-signed by longtime team secretary Harry Grabiner. Comiskey passed away in 1931 at the age of seventy-two. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. This outstanding Comiskey letter once resided in the famed Barry Halper Collection and was purchased in 1999 during the historic sale of his collection. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) is in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,292.50
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