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MAN MOUNTAIN DEAN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 01/25/1935 - HFSID 323184

Extremely rare signed photograph of the pioneering wrestler looking very civilized in a tailored suit, inscribed to a fan, wishing that the recipient will one day "catch in The Baseball World Series". Dated 1935, during the height of his wrestling career

Sale Price $520.00

Reg. $650.00

Condition: lightly soiled
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MAN MOUNTAIN DEAN
Extremely rare signed photograph of the pioneering wrestler looking very civilized in a tailored suit, inscribed to a fan, wishing that the recipient will one day "catch in The Baseball World Series". Dated 1935, during the height of his wrestling career
Inscribed photograph signed: "To/Archie Martin/a Fellow Jawga/Cracker/who some day/will catch in/The Baseball/World Series/From/Man/Mountain/Dean/Los Angeles/Calif./Jan. 25th/1935", in black ink, Sepia toned 8x10. Noted for his remarkable stature, Man Mountain Dean (born Frank Simmons Leavitt, 1891-1953) was a pioneer of early 1900's wrestling. Joining the United States Army at the age of 14 after lying about his age, Dean saw combat in World War I, and soon after began his wrestling career as "Soldier Leavitt". After returning from the war, Dean had a brief career in football, but ultimately focused on the unprofitable sport of wrestling. He suffered an injury during his wrestling, and took a short break from wrestling to become a police officer, where he met his wife and future manager Doris Dean. Taking her last name and taking the moniker "Man Mountain", Dean began growing an impressive beard, adding to his already fierce 6 foot, 300 pound image. His career after the changes became a great success, landing over 6,700 career matches, and eventually helping branch out to a small stint in acting. After retiring from wrestling, Dean pursued a career in politics as potential House Representative, but ultimately withdrew his candidacy. During the battles of World War II, Dean again enlisted in the Army, retiring from the Army as a Master Sergeant and becoming the First Sergeant of the Military Intelligence Training Center at Camp Ritchie in Maryland. Inscription and signature faded and beaded in some areas, but clearly legible. Pin holes in corners. Corners worn and creased. Lightly bowed. Pin hole on bottom edge. Light surface creases, distorting image on bottom left center. Lightly soiled, esp. on upper half. Image lightly silvered. Edges slightly nicked. Otherwise, fine condition.

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