ALBERT "AL" HIRSHBERG - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/19/1951 - HFSID 323070
ALBERT "AL" HIRSHBERG A very rare letter from the Boston sportswriter to baseball player Eddie Stanky, sending along an outline of a story based on his life: "properly handled, this story can't miss" Typed letters signed: "Al", in blue ink, 1 page 8½x11. November 19, 1951.
Sale Price $324.00
ALBERT "AL" HIRSHBERG
A very rare letter from the Boston sportswriter to baseball player Eddie Stanky, sending along an outline of a story based on his life: "properly handled, this story can't miss"
Typed letters signed: "Al", in blue ink, 1 page 8½x11. November 19, 1951. Accompanied by typed rough draft of a story on baseball player Eddie Stanky, and an unsigned response from the recipient, Eddie Stanky himself. Brookline, Massachusetts. In part: "If this outline is all right with you, I'll send it to my agent, with whom I had a long talk the other day when I was in New York. He will not submit it to any editor who will not guarantee a net, no-strings-attached return of $1000 to you. For your information, my agent is Max Wilkinson, 280 Madison Ave., a highly reputable guy. Wilkinson believes that, properly handled, this story can't miss". Native Boston sportswriter Albert "Al" Hirshberg (1909-1973) wrote for several popular Boston papers in his early career, having a particular focus on baseball in most of his articles. He later moved to writing books and biographies of sports figures, most famously on Boston's Jim Piersall, detailing his successful career and his battle with mental illness. The book was later made into a movie, titled Fear Strikes Out (1957). Hirshberg went on to write over 20 sports books and biographies, and passed away while writing his last book, a biography on hockey player Bobby Orr. The book was later finished by another sportswriter, and published in 1975. Multiple folds. Heavily toned. Rust stains on top left corner. Corners worn and creased. Stained on right margin. Light surface creases. Pin holes on top left corner. Small tears on accompanying pages. Otherwise, fine condition.
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