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1950 Bobby Jones Signed Letter
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,175
One-page typed letter, dated April 2, 1950, signed by legendary golfer Bobby Jones. In his letter, written on his personal stationery to Arch Ward, sports editor of the Chicago Tribune , Jones offers congratulatory words upon learning that Ward is to be honored by the citizens of Chicago with a testimonial dinner. In full: "Dear Arch: I am delighted to know that the citizens of Chicago are giving you such splendid recognition of the most unselfish and effective work you have done for years in promoting sports and athletics and in contributing so much of your effort in charity. I am very happy to have an opportunity to add my little bit of offering you my most sincere congratulations. With best regards, Most cordially, Bob Jones [signed]." Jones' signature has been flawlessly executed in blue fountain pen, grading "10." Arch Ward was one of the leading figures in sports journalism between the years 1930 and 1955 (the year of his death) and is best known today as the man who came up with the idea for, and helped organize, Major League Baseball's first All-Star Game in 1933. Bobby Jones was one of the greatest golfers ever to set foot upon the links. In 1930 he accomplished one of the most amazing feats in sports history by winning all four golf "majors" in one season (the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open and British Amateur). While his accomplishments, which include thirteen "major" championships over the course of seven years (1923-1930), speak for themselves, his legendary status is due equally to the unusual circumstances of his career. Jones played golf more for the love of the sport rather than the accolades or money. In fact, he often only played a few months out of the year. Even more shocking was his decision to retire at the age of 28, while he was still at the peak of his career. Following his retirement he produced instructional videos and helped found both Augusta National and the prestigious Masters Tournament. In 1948 he was diagnosed with syringomyelia, a rare degenerative disease of the central nervous system that confined him to a wheelchair for most of his later years. He died in 1971 at the age of 69. The letter (7.25 x 10.25 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds and is in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,175
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