JAMES J. "GENTLEMAN JIM" CORBETT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 265041
Sale Price $1,530.00
JAMES J. CORBETT. ALS: "Jas J Corbett", 1 p, 5x6¼. Hotel Palliser, Calgary, Alberta, no date. To Kendrick. In part: "I will do what I can for your wife Clara but you know it's a hard job. However I will go after Sennett when I am out there. If I should happen to be in San Mateo I will look up your Aunt...." In 1892, JAMES J. CORBETT (1866-1933) defeated John L. Sullivan in a 21-round decision in New Orleans to become the World Heavyweight Champion. It was the first title bout in which boxing gloves were used. Corbett was champ until 1897 when Bob Fitzsimmons won a 14-round decision in Carson City, Nevada. The dapper and articulate Corbett, known as "Gentleman Jim", appeared on vaudeville stages and in several films of the 1920s. The "Sennett" whom Corbett promises to "go after" on behalf of Clara while in California was probably comic silent film director MACK SENNETT. Lightly creased, lightly soiled. ¼-inch stain touches one letter in text. Pencil erasure at blank upper margin. Overall, fine condition.
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