GRANTLAND "AMERICA'S HOMER" RICE - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: O. B. "POP" KEELER, FRANCIS J. POWERS - HFSID 283658
SPORTS WRITERS: GRANTLAND RICE, O. B. KEELER and FRANCIS J. POWERS This rare b/w photograph is signed by three sports writers, including two celebrated writers from the Atlanta
Sale Price $2,550.00
SPORTS WRITERS: GRANTLAND RICE, O. B. KEELER and FRANCIS J. POWERS This rare b/w photograph is signed by three sports writers, including two celebrated writers from the Atlanta Journal: Grantland Rice, a modern pioneer of sports journalism who nicknamed Notre Dame's 1924 offensive backfield the "Four Horsemen"; and O. B. Keeler, who chronicled the life and career of golfing legend Bobby Jones. Also signed by football and golf writer Francis J. Powers, who signed this photo to Keeler. Inscribed photograph signed "For 'Pop' a real/champion/Francis J. Power", "Always your friend/O.B.Keeler" and "Grantland Rice". B/w, 9¾x7¾ overall, 9½x9¼ image, one surface. "Pop" was Keeler's nickname. Considered a pioneer of modern sports journalism, RICE (1890-1954), born Henry Grantland Rice, was the first U. S. newspaperman to gain fame by writing about sports. Credited with the popular phrase "It's not whether you won or lost, but how you played the game" and nicknaming Notre Dame's 1924 offensive backfield the "Four Horsemen" after an upset win over Army, Rice covered the careers of such legendary sports greats as Bobby Jones, Jack Dempsey, Bill Tilden, Helen Wills. His column The Sportlight was nationally syndicated in 1930, and Rice also produced documentaries and wrote books about sports, including one about his favorite sport of all, The Duffer's Handbook of Golf (1926). Newspaper journalist KEELER (1882-1977), born Oscar Bane Keeler, was a sports writer at the Atlanta Journal, now the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was also an authority on golf, having covered over 80 major golf tournaments. Keeler was a close friend of golfing legend Bobby Jones, the first man to win golf's Grand Slam in 1930. He saw a 14 year-old Jones win his first big tournament, the 1916 Georgia State Amateur, and was the only reporter to witness all 13 of his major championships, including his Grand Slam wins of 1930. Keeler co-wrote Jones' authorized biography, Bobby Jones Story, with fellow Journal sports writer Grantland Rice. He also contributed to the short film series How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones and How to Break 90. Sports writer POWERS (1895-1977) specialized in football and golf. He wrote for several newspapers in Dayton, Ohio and Cleveland from 1916 to 1929 before joining Chicago Consolidated Press (1929-1954). He was later public relations director for college football's East-West Shrine game (1955-1975). Lightly toned, cracked, silvered, creased and bowed. Light chipping at top edge. Light scratches (not visible head-on) and scuff marks on image. Lightly soiled and discolored on verso (no show-through). Otherwise in fine condition. Previously authenticated by JSA.
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