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    1961 Ford Frick Signed Letter re: Home Run Race, Maris "Asterisk." Though the surging Yankee outfielder is not mentioned by name, he's clearly the subject of this brief explanation delivered to an inquisitive fan regarding the controversial topic of the single season home run record. "The Ruth record," Frick writes near the close of the season on September 18th, "is set at 154 games which constitutes a season's schedule. Tie games or playoff games count in that schedule even though they mean additional games. The Yankees in 1927 played 154 games plus the playoff of one tie. This year the Yankees also have had one tie game. This means actually that records in 155 games are counted." Of course it was Frick, as Commissioner of Baseball, that denied Maris sole ownership of the record with the notorious asterisk, suspending him in a purgatory of baseball immortality which would outlive him. Letter is signed in 9/10 blue ink. Original mailing folds, no other issues. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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