TY COBB - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED CIRCA 1915 - HFSID 322860
Sale Price $2,040.00
TY COBBA letter from the first Baseball Hall of Famer to a friend, speaking briefly of the weather and wishing his wife well. Placed in a large decorative frame to an overall size of 24½x21. Autograph letter signed: "T. [Cob]b", in ink, 3¼x5¼. Framed to an overall size of 24½x21 with a plaque and photograph. 1915. To Captain Robert Brannen. In full: "Well Cap. how is it with you? We have fine cool weather up here till yesterday. Take good care of Katie so she will be right next fall. Mrs. Cobb sends her regards to Mrs. Brannen. Sincerely". The first player elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1936, Ty Cobb (1886-1961) was the greatest baseball player of his era: a .367 lifetime batting average over 24 seasons, 4,191 hits, 12 batting titles, 23 straight seasons in which he hit over .300, three .400 seasons and 892 stolen bases (including 96 in 1915). Cobb, who played for the Detroit Tigers (1905-1926) and the Philadelphia Athletics (1927-1928), was also the most disliked. When Cobb, who was mean, bigoted, domineering and arrogant, died in 1961, only three people from baseball attended his funeral: fellow Hall of Famers Mickey Cochrane and Ray Schalk and a roommate in the minors, Nap Rucker. Signature scuffed so only "T" and "b" are present. Heavily toned. Lightly soiled. Pin holes through bottom right corner. Ink stamps. Otherwise, letter in fine condition. Corners of frame slightly worn, plaque pixelated, otherwise fine condition. Framing as-is. Accompanined by PSA/DNA LOA.
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