1927 Cy Young Handwritten Signed Letter of Congratulations to Walter Johnson....
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Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
By the time of this letter, in 1927, Johnson had broken many of the records set by Young, including the career strikeout mark, which by now Johnson had eclipsed by a good margin. Cy Young stood alone with more than 511 wins, but Walter Johnson was the only other pitcher in history to venture north of the 400 mark. But these men had more in common than statistics, each being plain-speaking farm boys elevated to fame and success by an unusual talent on the diamond, and both ending their careers with an untarnished reputation for integrity and sportsmanship. The sentiments expressed in this letter between them are clearly genuine, and heartwarming.
"July 31st, 1927
Mr. Walter Johnson
Dear Friend Walter,
Allow me to congratulate you on your big day the 2nd. May you continue the good work for many years to come. I was sorry about your injury last spring. Give my best wishes to Griff and all the boys on the team. Wishing your club the best luck ever,
I remain yours very truly,
The single handwritten page exhibits original mailing folds and a stain from the glue of the envelope at lower right, but the document otherwise exhibits no condition issues worthy of note (short of minor scrapbook residue on verso that is invisible upon display), and all ink survives at a conservative strength of 8/10 or better. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Letter of provenance from Walter Johnson's daughter & grandson.
THE WALTER JOHNSON COLLECTION.
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