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Circa 1940s Hank Greenberg Handwritten Letter

Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $705.00

One-page handwritten letter signed by Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg. Hank Greenberg handwritten letters from any era are rare, but this early example is the first we have seen dating from his playing days. This interesting letter is undated but appears to have been written by Greenberg during spring training in the early 1940s due to the fact that it has been scripted on “Hotel Lakeland Terrace” (of Lakeland, Florida) stationery. Here Greenberg writes to a female fan and discusses the growing rise in popularity of our national pastime among the “fairer sex.” In full: “Thursday – My dear Miss Pierce – It was nice to hear from you and learn of your interest in baseball. It isn’t at all unusual for a girl to show interest in baseball, as we are attracting more woman fans each year. With best wishes to you, I am cordially yours Hank Greenberg [signed].” Both the text and Greenberg’s signature have been scripted in black fountain pen and grade “9.” Greenberg was one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history and if he hadn’t missed four full seasons due to military service, and another due to a broken wrist, his career home run total would have probably approached, if not surpassed, the magic total of 500. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956. Hank Greenberg handwritten letters from this early period are particularly rare, and this one is of special note as it offers unusual baseball content. The letter (6 x 9.5 inches) displays both vertical and horizontal mailing folds, as well as a few extremely tiny border tears. In Very Good to Excellent condition. An 8 x 10-inch non-vintage photo of Greenberg posing in the dugout accompanies the letter and would be perfect for display together with it. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $705.00

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