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    1961 General Douglas MacArthur Typed Signed Letter Used As Introduction For Ty Cobb's Autobiography. This one-paged typed signed letter by General Douglas MacArthur, which was written mere months before the Georgia Peach passed, was used as the introduction for the famed autobiography "My Life In Baseball - The True Record" by Ty Cobb with Al Stump.

    While Stump discredited himself in later years with his sensationalized and fictional accounts of Cobb, which portrayed him inaccurately and were later disproved, MacArthur's observations of Cobb still ring true today, almost sixty years later.

    In the original letter presented here, MacArthur recognizes Cobb's offensive posture as a necessity for victory in both athletic competitions and war, while crediting him for injecting his fighting spirit into the American character.

    The general writes:

    "This great athlete seems to have understood early in his professional career that in the competition of baseball, just as in war, defensive strategy never has produced ultimate victory...Ty Cobb injected most of his own fighting spirit into that aspect of the American character which has put inspiration and direction behind our progress as a free nation."

    The letter appears as part of a double-matted display (17.5x27.5") which also includes photos of both American icons along with an inscription plate (scratched) marking the time each spent on this Earth. The black fountain pen autograph grades 8/10. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    October, 2019
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