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Those are great! Never seen anything like them. Very interesting.

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Really nice additions to the Seahall!...BIG CONGRATULATIONS, SEAJ!

GO M'S!



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glewis wrote:

Those are great! Never seen anything like them. Very interesting.


I've had them for a year or two, but haven't seen any on eBay since then.  The other two that I mentioned in passing were already framed when I won them, and they went right up on the wall when they arrived.

Checking the home run logs, I found that Babe Ruth hit two homers in one of the games.

I wish I could come across m ore of them.  They are cool.



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DD2 wrote:

Really nice additions to the Seahall!...BIG CONGRATULATIONS, SEAJ!

GO M'S!


Thanks.  It's really amazing, the things that pop up on eBay.

Now, if I only had the means to go after some of the really nifty stuff...



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Image.jpgLetters....We get letters....

From the mail bag of The Sporting News (via eBay) comes this delightful response to a letter writer who happened to be a fan of former St. Louis Cardinals hurler Wee Willie Sherdel.

Evidently, TSN was impressed enough by the letter writer to promise a nice spread on the Redbird lefty.

I love the "inside" stuff on Sherdel, and how he has responded to Hornsby's managerial style.



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Image.jpgImage.jpgLetters....We get letters....(Part 2)

This one from the mail bag is not as delightful as The Sporting News Sherdel reply, but it is nonetheless amusing in its own way.

It's from Jimbo's Jumbos, Incorporated, a supplier of peanuts and peanut products, according to the letyterhead.

The letter was sent to George Trautman, President, National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the head honcho of Minor League Baseball in those days.

Evidently, several of the clubs under Mr. Trautman's purview had failed to pay up for the peanuts Jimbo's Jumbos was contracted to provide for their vendors.

Of all the things that you might imagine would land on his desk, this probably doesn't make the short list.



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Really superb stuff, Seaj!... CONGRATULATIONS!

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Thanks again, Dawg.

It's not necessarily the dollar value of something that's important to a collector.

I just thought these letters were neat items.

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Amen t'that Seaj.....There are things that cost nothing more than the loose leaf I wrote them on which have only value t'me...Some of the score sheets that were destroyed. ..Just an example. ...



-- Edited by DD2 on Saturday 11th of April 2015 05:54:16 AM

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Sad to report, I missed out on a Detroit Tigers newsletter from 1948. cry

Still, there was some fascinating info on the front page.  At the top of the page, above the masthead, was this reminder:

"Night games start at nine o'clock"

Can you imagine that?  Even with game times so much shorter back then (two hours, on average), they didn't start until 9:00?  You probably wouldn't get home until midnight (or later).

I guess the kids didn't get to go to any night games until the school year was finished!



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Good stuff, Seaj!....I NEVER would've known that...I figured they'd chuck the first pitch around 7 or so....I remember those twinighters when I was a kid. . As always, super!...Maybe you'll get a chance at an even better item...And win!....Yerron a roll, Bud !



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speakerltr.jpgLetters....We get letters....(Part 3)


This next letter comes from 1926.  I just picked it up recently.

It's from a fan of Tris Speaker named W.E. Bradshaw.  He ran an interior/exterior decorating business in Chicago.

At the time, Speaker and Ty Cobb were being accused of having conspired to throw a Cleveland game in favor of Cobb's Tigers back in 1917.  The reason was to help get the Tigers a fourth place finish.

A first division finish would get the Tigers a cut of the postseason money.

Their accuser was former hurler Dutch Leonard, a teammate of Cobb's at the time, and allegedly in on the conversation.

Bradshaw obviously felt Speaker was taking some undeserved knocks as the story got out, and wrote this letter to Spoke, sending it by way of the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.

Baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis ordered all three to his office in Chicago, so the matter could be settled.

But Leonard refused to travel from the West Coast to Chicago, unless the cost of his travel was covered.  When Landis refused, Leonard refused to show up.

Since Leonard refused to appear, Landis cleared Speaker and Cobb.



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Very cool letter, but I could not read it. 



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Tall Tactician wrote:

Very cool letter, but I could not read it. 


Sorry.

I should have done separate pics of each page. doh

I'll fix that...



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