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    1937-45 Jack Zeller Letter Lot of 38 - Baseball Executive. Jack Zeller joined the Detroit Tigers of the American League in 1925 as a scout. Zeller served as a scout and supervisor in the Tigers organization from 1938 through 1941. He was appointed GM of the Tigers in 1938, succeeding Mickey Cochrane. He is credited with developing the Tigers' minor league baseball organization. Following an investigation, the Tigers were found to be in violation of the minor league working agreement in 1940, resulting in 91 players being declared free agents by Commissioner of Baseball Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Zeller took full responsibility. Zeller then began to sell off the Tigers' farm teams. He began to believe that the farm system needed to be completely overhauled. In 1944, he proposed a new draft that would end the minor league system, replacing it with "baseball schools".

    Zeller stepped down as Tigers' GM in 1945. He was succeeded by George Trautman. Upon leaving the Tigers, he moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where he served as a scout for the East Texas League and Evangeline Baseball League. In 1947, he joined the Boston Braves as their chief scout.

    Offered are twenty-three letters dated from 1937 to 1945 featuring a variety of baseball content that includes the operation of minor leagues during World War II, contracts of players with minor league affiliates, and even a minor league owner selling his team because he thought a bowling alley business would be more profitable. Light wear with typical letter folds exhibited.


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