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    "Remember Christy I know who was voted in first to Baseball Hall of Fame..."

    1953 Ty Cobb Handwritten Letter to Christy Walsh re: Jealousy of Babe Ruth. Three page letter was penned in Cobb's favored green ink was delivered to famed (and first) sports agent Christy Walsh, who represented the greatest athletes of the Golden Age, notably Cobb, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Cobb discusses his firm commitment to the Brown & Bigelow promotional company and, more interestingly, his opinions on the public's preference of the Babe over himself. The text, in part:

    "Dear Christy: Yours received, I appreciate your position, also desires, I simply cannot do this, believe me I am not refusing because of what happened in Pittsburgh...or the supposed cancellation of my stories at that time by my home state paper Georgia, (Atlanta) in favor of keeping Ruth's. I assure you this is not my reason. I do not vie for prominence, I do not need it or publicity, but I do know of all the efforts in every way possible that has been put forth by New York scribes, etc., to always play Ruth up, I am not egotistic but I do know the score and what my position is as I left with plenty of effort and deportment. Remember Christy I know who was voted in first to Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown) and I know what the vote score was, you should, so I won't quote it...Remember we are friends if you wish it, this is no gripe on my part...I am, as ever, Ty."

    Accompanying these three 7x10.5" pages are three and a half smaller (4x6") pages upon which Cobb continues his rant, though the numerous non sequiturs make us wonder if a page or two might be missing. There's still some great content here though:

    "Who in hell can measure to the foot a home run. To my mind Babe must have hit the longest he could and I remember one so well and he hit it off a slow ball, the hardest way, off Dauss our pitcher in Polo Grounds up in center field stands to right of that gate..."

    These smaller pages are unsigned. All ink is 10/10, and original mailing envelope is written and unsigned by Cobb as well. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    May, 2012
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