Autographs of 11 Major Leaguers – Joe Sewell, Schacht, Pesky, Etc.
Lot 89. Autographs of 11 Major Leaguers – Joe Sewell, Schacht, Pesky, Etc. Most of these signatures are on handwritten letters. SEWELL (died 1990) signed an 8.5” x 11” page on which he answered six questions, with answers mentioning Ty Cobb and Tris Speaker. Nm-m 8 to mint 9 signature. The autograph of AL SCHACHT (d. 1984), the “Clown Prince of Baseball,” is large and bold on his personal stationery. The gem mint 10 signature extends for four inches; it could easily be displayed without the personalization. In a handwritten note on Boston Red Sox stationery, JOHNNY PESKY (d. 2012) writes, “My best to Ted (Williams).” Mint 9 signature, and his last name is written on the accompanying envelope as well. RAY BRESSLER (d. 1966) signed a handwritten note “Rube,” and his full signature has been cut from a check and taped to the note. The “R” in “Rube” and “y” in “Ray” are slightly smudged. Both signatures are strong. Bressler began his career as a pitcher, but an arm injury forced him to use his bat to make a living as a part-time position player. As a first baseman and outfielder, he batted .301 in 19 seasons with the Athletics, Reds, Dodgers, Phillies and Cardinals. In a 1952 handwritten letter, ROY THOMAS (d. 1959) conveys his “reticence” about providing an autograph and explains why. Nm-m 8. An outfielder, Thomas played primarily for the Phillies, but also for the Pirates and Braves, over 13 seasons. For five consecutive seasons, 1900-04, he led the N.L. in walks. In seven seasons, he walked at least 100 times. His career numbers include a .290 batting average and .413 on-base percentage. ROBERT ZIGGY HASBROOK’s (d. 1976) autograph is on a two-page handwritten letter. He saw limited action with the Chicago White Sox in 1916 and 1917. Nm-m 8. As “Buck,” GARLAND BUCKEYE (d. 1975) signed a handwritten letter. Nm-m 8. Buckeye was a FOOTBALL pioneer. In 1920, he played center for the Chicago Tigers of the American Professional Football Association, the original incarnation of the NFL. He played four more seasons in the NFL and a total of five in the majors, primarily with Cleveland. The signature of JESSE H. ALTENBURG (d. 1973) is at the end of a handwritten note. He was an outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1916 and 1917. Four autographs are by CLAUDE BERRY (d. 1974) at the close of typed letters. Nm-m 8. He was a catcher for the Athletics, White Sox and Federal League Pittsburgh Rebels. In his letters, he claims a couple of world records for catchers. Thirteen autographs, including a Hall of Fame shortstop, a widely recognized baseball comedian, a baseball player who was there at the creation of the NFL, a record-setting (?) and obscure Federal League catcher, and other interesting baseball figures. Authenticated by Kevin Keating. Winning Bid $61.