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1976 George Steinbrenner Signed Congratulatory Letter to Thurman Munson
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $9,400
Important one-page typed letter, dated 11/15/76 and addressed to Yankees captain Thurman Munson, signed by George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees. In his letter, written on official New York Yankees letterhead, Steinbrenner offers his congratulations to Munson for the fine season he had. He writes in full:
Dear Thurm: A short note to say that Whitey Ford has been lined up to receive your award from Cue Magazine, but more importantly to tell you how proud I am of all the awards and honors that you've accumulated this year. While I know the Series was somewhat of a bitter pill, you had a great Series and we did win the American League Championship - our first pennant in 12 years, so I think that's plenty enough this year. I just know that you're going to win the Most Valuable Player Award in the American League, but the fact that in the Major League All Star Team you pulled more votes than any player is indeed a tribute to the kind of year you had. Sometimes in the haste of everyday business we don't take time to say "Nice Going!" to others, and I just remembered after talking to you the other day that I had failed to add that. Best regards, George [signed].
Steinbrenner's signature (first name only) has been flawlessly scripted in blue ink and grades "10." Steinbrenner was indeed prescient in his missive, as Munson did win the MVP Award that fall. While many reports in the past have painted Steinbrenner as being cold and heartless, this letter offers a seldom-seen softer side of "The Boss." The fact that it was written to Yankees captain Thurman Munson at the conclusion of his greatest all-around season only adds to its significance. This letter originates directly from The Munson Family's personal collection and is accompanied by a signed and notarized letter from his widow, Diana, attesting to its provenance. (Note: this letter was not part of the highly publicized sale of Munson's estate in 2008. It was purchased years earlier and up until now has remained in our consignor's sole possession.) The letter (7.25 x 10.5 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds and is in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $9,400
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