J. WALTER KENNEDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 31818
Sale Price $162.00
J. WALTER KENNEDY
The future NBA commissioner writes letter to a friend while serving as the Mayor of Stamford, Connecticut, signs name in blue ink
Typed letter signed: "Walter" in blue ink. 1 page, 8½x11. Written on personal Mayor of Stamford, Connecticut letterhead, featuring the city's seal in top margin. Stamford, Connecticut. In full: "Louis...I'm working late, trying to get some things don, hence the poor hand-typing of the Mayor. Sorry you missed the Skeeters trip, it was a lulu - we all made money! Here's an item for you if it generates interest...Kennedy will leave the country 48 hours after the election - not John F. but Mayor Walter Kennedy of Stamford, secretary of The Skeeters, who leaves next Wednesday for an eight day visit to Johannsburgh [sic], South Africa, jetting from New York to Rome to South Africa via Alitalia's new service. Maybe some gold dust from the gold mines will rub off. Anyway, will drop you a card from far off Africa. I'm going on a trade expansion junket of the Italian govt. Involving governmental representation from 8 foreign countries. Regards to Peggy. Bestest". J. Walter Kennedy (1912-1977) was best known as the commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1963-1975. Early in life, Kennedy was struck with polio which left him with a disability that made it impossible to compete in sports; however, he grew into an avid fan and spent the rest of his life dedicated to sports. He was elected mayor of his hometown of Stamford in 1959 before the NBA elected him president in 1963. Kennedy worked hard to compete with the more popular American Basketball League, he increased the amount of teams in the league and landed a stellar television contract with improved the league's financial standing by increasing income by 200%. He was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1981, as well as established the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award to the NBA player or coach with outstanding service and dedication to the community. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Light surface creases. Corners creased. Slightly soiled. Ink spots throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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