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    1926 Chicago Cubs Letter Suspending Grover Cleveland Alexander for Drunkenness. Unsigned typed letter unwittingly set the stage for one of the most memorable events of the 1926 baseball season, as the star pitcher's affinity for alcohol ultimately inspired the Cubs to put Alexander on waivers. He was picked up by the St. Louis Cardinals, for whom he would deliver a reportedly alcohol-fueled strike out of Tony Lazzeri in a key Game Seven moment of the 1926 World Series. The unsigned letter from new manager Joe McCarthy reads, "Dear Sir:- This is to officially advise you that you have this day been indefinately (sic) suspended without pay for violating rules of training, drunkenness and not appearing in uniform. Secretary Seyes has been advised to furnish you transportation back to Chicago." Letterhead from the Cubs' hotel in Philadelphia exhibits original mailing folds but not problems.

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