TY COBB Baseball great Ty Cobb handwrote this letter on his personalized stationery to a New Jersey fan in 1953 to thank him for a card and “the sentiments you expressed”. Accompanied by original mailing envelope, also from Cobb’s stationery and hand-addressed by him. Autograph letter signed “Ty” in green ink. 1 page, 3¾x7, on Cobb’s personalized stationery. March 30, 1953. In full: “Dear Tom:- I received your card and thanks very much the sentiments you expressed. I get around to answering as you see though correspondence rather hard to keep up with. Am fine – hope you are. Sincerely” Lightly creased. Light tear on left edge. Staple holes at upper left. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope from Cobb’s personalized stationery, hand-addressed by Cobb in green ink. Postmarked Menlo Park, California, March 30, 1953. Addressed to Mr. Tom Brennan, Jersey City, New Jersey. With one 3 purple-and-white Thomas Jefferson stamp affixed. Lightly toned, soiled, creased and rippled. Staple hole in upper left corner. Adhesive from flaps has shown through on verso (does not touch signature). Flap was neatly opened with adhesive residue on verso. Otherwise in fine condition. Cobb, (1886-1961, born Tyrus Raymond Cobb in Narrows, Georgia) was the first player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. “The Georgia Peach” played with the Detroit Tigers (1905-1926) and the Philadelphia Athletics (1927-1928), tallying a .366 career batting average (batting over .400 three seasons and over .300 all but his first season), 4,189 hits and 891 stolen bases, along with 12 batting titles. His accomplishments have been overshadowed, though, by stories of Cobb’s racism, misogyny and volatile personality – not to mention a playing style that the Detroit Free Press reportedly called “daring to the point of dementia” – which were largely backed up by … More information available. Please contact us if you have questions. HFSID 155698
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