CHUCK CONNORS - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: TERENCE STANSBURY, VERN FLEMING, TONY BROWN, STEVE STIPANOVICH, GRANVILLE WAITERS, HERB WILLIAMS, THE INDIANA PACERS - HFSID 299071
Sale Price $324.00
CHUCK CONNORS and the 1984-1985 INDIANA PACERS
Six members of the NBA franchise sign an album leaf which is also signed by the Western actor, a former pro basketball and baseball player himself
Signatures: "Chuck/ Connors/ SPENSER", "Herb Williams", "Granville Waiters", "Terence/ Stansbury/ #43", "Tony/ Brown", "Vern/ Fleming", "Steve Stipanovich", 5½x8. Two un-deciphered, and apparently unrelated, signatures on verso. Chuck Connors (1921-1992) was an American actor and professional athlete. He played in both Major League Baseball (MLB) and in the Basketball Association of America, the predecessor to the NBA. Following his career in sports, he grew into an even more famous celebrity as an actor. His portrayal of single father Lucas McCain in The Rifleman (1958-1963) is easily his most recognizable role; the show ran for 168 episodes over five seasons and follows the rancher and his son Mark McCain (portrayed by Johnny Crawford) as they settle in at a new home in North Fork, New Mexico Territory. He earned his first screen credit in Pat and Mike in 1952, where he portrayed a police captain. After earning various television and film credits throughout the 1950s, Connors beat out dozens of other actors for the role of Lucas McCain. After The Rifleman ended, he picked up starring roles in television shows Arrest and Trial (1963-1964), Branded (1965-1966), and Cowboy in Africa (1967-1968). When none of these shows achieved the level of success that The Rifleman did, Connors began to focus on the big screen, with roles in Soylent Green (1973) and Airplane II: The Sequel (1982). In a return to television, he had a memorable role in the mini-series Roots (1977) as a plantation owner, one of the many antagonists of the series. The popular actor was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984.It's not surprising to find the signature of Connors, a lifelong fan, attending a basketball game or practice and signing with the players. Here he plugged the TV series Spencer for Hire, for which he appeared in the pilot and a second episode in 1985. The other signers were all members of the 1984-1985 Indiana Pacers, a team which struggled to a 22-60 record but would make the playoffs two years later and soon become a regular playoff contender. The signers here were regulars, all playing at least 62 of the teams 82 games. They include centers Steve Stipanovich and Granville Waiters, forwards Herb Williams and Tony Brown, and guards Vern Fleming and Terence Stansbury. Lightly toned at edges. Lightly frayed at left edge. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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