Typed Letter Signed Twice by George Sisler and a Photo and HoF Postcard.
Lot 145. Typed Letter Signed Twice by George Sisler and a Photo and HoF Postcard. Playing first base for the St. Louis Browns, Sisler won two A.L. batting titles with averages above .400, led the league in hits twice and stolen bases four times, and earned MVP honors in 1927. His .340 career batting average ties him with Lou Gehrig for 16th on the all-time list. Without eye problems that developed when he was only 30, he might have recorded even more impressive numbers. In 1998, “The Sporting News” listed him as the 33rd best ball player of all time. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1939. After retiring, Sisler managed briefly in the minors and then was out of baseball. In 1943, he went to work as a scout for Brooklyn and Branch Rickey, who had been his mentor when he attended the University of Michigan. Rickey was the baseball coach. The letter signed by Sisler was written on “Brooklyn Minor League Baseball Clubs” stationery while he worked as a scout. Dated Nov. 21, 1945, it contains interesting baseball content, focusing primarily on Sisler’s efforts to ensure that a prospect was treated fairly financially and given a solid opportunity to make it to the majors. Sisler wanted the young player “placed so that he can play baseball everyday (sic), and also in a league which is not too fast or too slow for his rightful development.” The letter fills a page of stationery. Sisler signed it “George.” In addition, he added a handwritten note on another player and signed it “Geo.” Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures, which are nm-m 8 to mint 9. The letter, which was folded twice for mailing, comes with the envelope used for mailing it. Also included are an 8” x 10” photo of Sisler and a 1953-55 Artvue HoF plaque b&w Type 1 postcard. The recipient of the letter wrote a note on the envelope that provides more interesting reading. The 8” x 10” b&w photo is from UPI, probably printed in the 1950s and vg-ex. The HoF postcard is ex. Eddie Collins, the Hall of Fame second baseman, said Sisler “was a great first baseman and a great hitter, but he was too quiet and clean-living to win headlines.” This letter reinforces his good-guy image. Winning Bid $68.